Local veterans presented Quilts of Valor

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The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild presented Quilts of Valor to veterans on Thursday, Aug. 22, at the American Legion Post 108. The Quilts of Valor was the dream of Catherine Roberts when her son Nat came home from Iraq in 2003. It became her mission to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting, healing Quilts of Valor. Since 2003, 226,000 quilts have been presented nationally.  The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild have presented 1,086 of them. With their quilt every veteran is given a letter that reads, “Dear American Hero, The grateful quilters of Western North Carolina wish to award this Quilt of Valor to you. We want you to know how much we appreciate your service to our country and realize the sacrifices you and your family have made for us. May this quilt provide comfort to you in time of need and pleasure for years to come. We continue to remember all those who fight and labor for our freedom and pray for their safety both here and abroad. Thank you for keeping America free and Welcome home!” Pictured with their quilts are (front row L-R)  Terry Hall, Skip Lotz, and Rodney Chastain; (back row, L-R)  Edwin Welch, John Henry, Dannie Johnson, Eddie Burnett and Brandon Stacy. Not pictured, Ed Gregory.                         Photo by Vickie Carpenter

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