A Quilt of Gratitude


Veterans Day is all about honoring the men and women in our armed forces, who put their lives on the line to serve our nation. Now one organization is looking to comfort those who’s severed. 

Surrounded by friends and family, Marshall native and U.S. Army Veteran, Paul Piper received a surprise award handmade just for him.  

“I had no idea what was going to happen,” Paul Piper said. “We walk in and see all these people here and my birthday’s not for another month, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget. It was very overwhelming.” 

Volunteers with The Quilts of Valor Foundation spent 6 months putting the blanket together.  

It’s a way to show their love and gratitude for piper and his service to our country.  

The organization provides quilts to veterans touched by war. Piper’s quilt was number 200 thousand. Yes, 200 thousand quilts have been given veterans. 

And he wasn’t the only one touched by the gift. 

It was an act of appreciation, that brought tears of joy and applause to everyone in the room.  

“And to see him wrapped in that quilt is emotional because of the hands that made it’s like one big hug for him and a big hug and thank you for what you do,” Leah Piper said.  

But this gift is not your average quilt, it’s one of valor, with heartfelt emotion, ingrained in every stitch. 

“It’s a tangible item that we could wrap around them and that they can remember every day and we want them to use their quilt,” Deborah Lindley said. “This is our way to thank a veteran every day of the year not just on Veterans Day.” 

For Piper, serving was a privilege. 

And the quilt, it was more than a cloth, it was a meaningful expression of patriotism, thanks and love. 

“It’s a really great feeling,” Piper said. “I love being a Veteran. I think it’s one of the highest honors in this country, I think, is to be a veteran.”  

Now if you would like to volunteer and help make a quilt or if you would like to nominate veteran to receive a quilt click here.    

From all of us here at WTWO would like to say thank you to all our veterans here in the Wabash Valley. 

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