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Quilts offer thanks and hugs to veterans at Salisbury VFW

March 11, 2019

Forty-two members of the Walker Harris VFW Post 8826 of Salisbury were wrapped with a quilt and a hug Sunday, a tradition when veterans are presented with a quilt from Quilts of Valor.

Quilt presentations were made by Qwazy Qwilters of Johnstown and Quilting Angels of Germantown, Maryland.

The quilts were autographed by the quilting group that donated them.

The veterans were also presented a certificate and bags for their quilts made from star field which could not be used for flags.

Mary Layton welcomed the crowd and Ele’ Lundgren gave a veteran’s prayer of thanks. Poppy Girl, Bailey Seibert lead the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Poppy Girl Kayden Livengood singing the National Anthem, and the Rev. Tommy Holliday gave the benediction.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation mission is to “Cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” A way to say “Thank You” for veterans’ service, sacrifice and valor in combat while protecting freedom in this nation.

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This is a project of Walker Harris VFW Auxiliary of Post 8826 and organized by committee members Pat Showalter, Judy Biddington and Mary Layton. A Quilt of Valor® is a single lifetime award, and those who receive them must be nominated to receive one.

“All post 8826 members were nominated to receive a quilt. About half the post has received a Quilt of Valor so far,” said Pat Showalter, Auxiliary Senior vice president. “We are proud of our veterans’ service and thought it was time to honor and thank the veterans in our own hometown.”

The quilts are made and donated by volunteers and can take more than a year to make and may have cost up to $250 in materials.

To nominate a veteran, to donate funds or quilts or to learn more about the Quilts of Valor visit. https://www.qovf.org/.