Two veterans, one of World War II and the other of the Vietnam War, were honored Tuesday night with the Quilts of Valor at the monthly meeting of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Major James Huff Camp in Newport. The two honorees, Earl and Bill Quinn, are father and son who served valiantly in the armed services.
Earl Quinn served in the Navy in the Pacific in World War II. Bill served in Korea during the Vietnam conflict in the Army.
Quilts of Valor is an organization founded by Catherine Roberts in 2003. Roberts made the first quilt for her son, Nathaniel, who served in Iraq. The quilts are intended as a token of appreciation to thank the veterans for their service. Since the organization’s founding more than 103,000 quilts have been knitted by more than 10,000 volunteers and presented to veterans of all conflicts from World War II to the present. The quilts are specially made with particular themes for the veterans. The quilts are the community’s way of putting their arms around the returning vet for a heartfelt thank you.
Dennis and Doyleen Taylor of Quilts of Valor of Knoxville were on hand to present the quilts to the two veterans. Earl Quinn turned 93 on Thursday.
Quilts of Valor is a not-for-profit organization that makes and presents the quilts. The quilts are made by volunteers and all materials are donated. Anyone that is interested in contributing to the Quilts of Valor can learn more about this organization by visiting www.qovf.org.