POINT PLEASANT — As a show of appreciation for their service, a patriotic and comforting gift was recently given to local veterans.
Local organization, Quilts n’ Things Guild, has participated in the West Virginia Quilts of Valor program in the past and this year, their participation was more localized, with local veterans being recognized with individually made quilts.
The quilts were made by members who spent over a month preparing and completing all of them, including creating the pieces on a machine and two members actually quilted the pieces together – this resulted in a definite group effort. The quilts were distributed during a special reception held at Sacred Heart Church, which included refreshments.
Veterans receiving quilts on behalf of the guild were: Miles Epling, Mason County Commissioner and former Marine who served in Vietnam. Leo Buck, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam. Gene Hern who served in the Army in Germany (his quilt was accepted by wife Diana Hern). George Dowell, an Air Force veteran who was also stationed in Germany. Farris Burton, a Navy veteran who served in WWII.
Also, Floyd Sayre, a local Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam and Bill Curnutt, a local Army veteran who served in Vietnam, received quilts donated by another West Virginia Quilts of Valor volunteer group. These quilts which were made by children working out of church.
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, which is a national foundation, is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. All quilts are made by volunteers and, quilts made by the Quilts n’ Things Guild, have even ended up being delivered to soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Guild members plan to continue participating in the program.
Also attending the reception along with veterans, their families and guild members, was Maribeth Shreve, regional coordinator for West Virginia Quilts of Valor.
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