Quilts of Valor stitched for local heroes

Quilts of Valor. (WDTN Photo)
Quilts of Valor. (WDTN Photo)

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – One stitch at a time, a local group is working together to honor servicemen and women.

They’re sewing one-of-a kind Quilts of Valor.

It’s not just a way to keep warm. It’s a token of gratitude to the men and women who protect our country.

“Military who were in World War II, Vietnam, Korea, they could have been in Afghanistan, retirees, veterans, people from the VA Hospital” said Debbie Ginsburg, with the Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild.

Members of the Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild work together, cutting, piecing, sewing and binding.

A special machine is then used to create a unique pattern in the fabric.
It takes time, but eventually, there’s a new creation to display.

Many are inscribed with a special message, and each finished product will be presented to someone who has been touched by war.

After serving for 18 years, Master Sergeant Richard Kandrach enlisted for five more, pledging his commitment to the country once again.

During the ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he was surprised with a gift.

It was a one-of-a kind, quilt of valor.

“Took my breath away when I saw the quilt today,” said Master Sergeant Kandrach.

And that response makes it all worth it.

“It’s always their reaction that I look forward to, because you don’t expect them to be so touched by the gift,” said Leanne Heagle, with the Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild.

The guild members call it “a labor of love”. They don’t keep track of the hours spent making the quilts, they just want to honor the sacrifices of people like Master Sergeant Kendrach.

“This is just how we serve,” said Ginsburg.

You can nominate someone to receive a Quilt of Valor here.

You can also check out the Quilts of Valor booth at the Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show, May 2-3 at the Greene County Fairgrounds.

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