COLORADO SPRINGS – On Monday, 18 local veterans will be honored at Mt. Carmel by Colorado Quilts of Valor.
At the ceremony, Donald Stratton, one of five survivors of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, and 17 other local veterans will be presented with hand-made quilts from Colorado Quilts of Valor.
Quilts of Valor ceremonies highlight the service of each veteran and thanks each of them for their contribution to national security. Previous honorees have compared the ceremony’s impact to that of a flag presentation, according to Mt. Carmel.
Vets are nominated by name for the honor to receive these intricate quilts which are made specifically for each veteran. The quilts usually have patriotic themes and typically represent 40 to 60 hours of needlecraft, according to Mt. Carmel.
Mt. Carmel said the veterans that will be honored at Monday’s ceremony served in multiple eras, from Vietnam to Post 9/11, and represent all branches of the military.
According to Mt. Carmel, the Quilts of Valor Foundation has awarded over 182,000 quilts made by more than 10,000 quilters across the country.
The ceremony is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. in the Mt. Carmel Chapel. The ceremony is open to the public.