MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Nearly three dozen veterans were honored with homemade quilts during ceremonies on Monday in Myrtle Beach. One quilt was given to a WWII Navy Veteran, and one was given to a service dog.
The ceremony was the largest to date from the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
The Myrtle Beach Shore Birds, a sub-group of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, awarded quilts to veterans and active duty service members at the ceremony held at 1 p.m. at the Base Recreation Center, according to a news release from the City of Myrtle Beach.
Joan Wobbleton, Regional Coordinator for the Myrtle Beach Shorebirds said they have about 230 requests waiting for quilts, which take about 8 months to make.
In the Myrtle Beach, Florence and Georgetown areas, there are about 30,000 veterans.
Quilts of Valor are awarded to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts, honoring them for their service, the release states.
"It felt so great. It felt like someone was wrapping their arms around you and giving you a big hug. It felt so great with the quilt wrapped around you. Just wrapped up in comfort," said Army Veteran Anthony Barnes.
For more details on the Quilts of Valor program, head to: www.qovf.org.