American Legion Auxiliary Presented Quilts of Valor to WWII Veterans

Bobby RorerState Representative James TiptonBrigadier General Charles JonesJudge Executive Orbrey GrittonMayor Sandy GoodlettBill SloanPam BroughDebra Cummins, Jeri Lynn Carmickle, Darlene KincaidDonna Nicolette and Nettie HalvorsonKamryn and Jeri Lynn CarmickleCathy WrightEillis CollinsJewell TollJames WattsGeorge InmanJohn AllenBobby RorerE Paul Perry

Despite the falling snow, the local American Legion Auxiliary held a very special recognition dinner for Lawrenceburg’s World War II veterans on Sunday evening.  At the start of the dinner, invited dignitaries, including state representative James Tipton, Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton, Mayor Sandy Goodlett, Brigadier General Charles Jones, field representative for Congressman Barr, Tatum Dale, gave moving speeches thanking the veterans present and offered stories of encouragement.

Bill Sloan, Post 34 Commander, and Pam Brough, President of Unit 34, also thanked the veterans.  “Today is your all’s day. We’re here to pay tribute to you all,” Pam said. “We need to honor each other everyday…There are so many stories and so many sacrifices that so many service members and families have made that we will never know.”

After the meal provided by the Auxiliary, Cathy Wright from the Quilts of Valor Foundation gave a very touching presentation before presenting the veterans at the dinner with a quilt.  Cathy, who is a Vietnam Navy veteran, talked about her experience in the military and how her father who also was a WWII Navy veteran, encouraged her to join the Navy in 1969.

She then talked about the Quilts of Valor Foundation and how it started in 2003 when a lady received a request from her son, who was serving in Afghanistan, for a quilt because the nights were cold.  Soon enough, after making that one quilt, more requests started pouring in and the Quilts of Valor Foundation was formed.

The foundation has given over 133,000 quilts to veterans and wounded soldiers coming back from war as a way to comfort those touched by combat.  “It is that important to me that these veterans whom I respect, remember that they are remembered,” Cathy said.  During her time with the foundation, Cathy has presented over 130 quilts.  She continues to present quilts as a way to honor her father and other women who have served in the Navy.

At the dinner, seven WWII veterans along with 8 others who weren’t present were honored with quilts created by the Anderson County Piecemakers Quilt Guild.  “These ladies spent many, many hours. But more so than that, it was the fact for them that it was so heartfelt to be able to make our WWII veterans a quilt of valor,” Pam said.  The following are those who were honored with quilts:

John Allen – Army
Eugene Fuller – Army
William “Bub” Hyatt – Navy
Charles Klink – Navy
Bobby Rorer – Army
Leonard Sparkman – Navy
Jewell Toll – Navy
Alvin “Huston” Perry – Army
Ellis Collins – Marines
Joe Gay – Navy
George Inman – Navy
E. Paul Perry – Navy
John Slone – Army
Harold Stockton – Navy
James “Bud” Watts – Army

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