The Quilts of Valor Foundation honored four Indiana County veterans on Saturday in recognition of their service in the American Wars.
Foundation Fellow Diana Felts donated handmade quilts to Larry Halldin, Indiana (Army, Vietnam War, 1966-68); Louis Klucherosky, Indiana (Air Force, Vietnam War, 1968-1975); Richard D. Rainey, Penn Run (Army, Vietnam, 1965-67); and Thomas Ringler Jr., White Township (Army, Kosovo and Iraq, 1996-2006), at a ceremony at the Saltsburg American Legion station in Conemaugh Township.
The program was created in 2003 by Catherine Roberts, the mother of a soldier who served overseas in Iraq. In 18 years, the foundation has awarded 278,847 Quilts of Valor to
âThe quilts are awarded, not distributed like a magazine or a video,â Felts told the men. The quilts are hand-sewn by volunteers across the country.
Felts is an Army veteran, who served from 1979 to 1996, including touring Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, and receiving a quilting award.
âThe top with its many colors, shapes and fabrics represents the communities and the many individuals that we are. The fleece, the paddingâ¦ represents our hope that this quilt will bring warmth, comfort, peace and healing to the recipient. Supportâ¦ represents the strength of the recipient, the support of their family, our communities and our nation, âshe explained. “And each stitch that holds the layers together represents the love, gratitude, and sometimes tears of the Creator.”