The Red Rivers Quilters Guild made sure veterans know just how truly special they are.
The group wanted to honor veterans for their service and sacrifices by presenting them each with a quilt of valor.
The organization is made up of 70 members who have worked countless hours over the last 8 months and on Monday, nearly 70 veterans were honored with a quilt of valor.
Andy Melvin fought in the Gulf and Iraqi wars and is one of many veterans who were recognized with a quilt of valor.
“it’s fantastic, I think it’s a great idea and it’s great for the veterans that are here tonight,” Melvin said.
Sixty-six veterans were given their very own patriotic quilt, each one stitched with appreciation for their service and sacrifice.
“It was a lot larger than I thought it was going to be, I didn’t expect that they could make that many quilts. My wife is a quilt maker and it’s very difficult to do I didn’t believe they could pull it off,” Melvin said.
Organizer Cindy Simmons said the goal is to cover all combat service members who were touched by war with a quilt that will keep them warm when they reflect on cold nights they may have endured while fighting for our country.
“I want everybody to understand that sacrifices these men and women have made for us and for our country,” Simmons said.
Though this was a first time event nearly 200 people attended and Simmons said she hopes to do it for years to come.
“There are so many veterans out there that we still need to recognize and honor,” Simmons said.
“It’s nice that the people of Wichita Falls welcome all of these veterans here and give them the just due’s they deserve,” Melvin said.
And sometimes talented people go above and beyond to ensure veterans know we are a thankful nation, by presenting tokens of appreciation, made with love.
With election day on Tuesday it’s important to remember we wouldn’t have the freedom to vote how we please without the men and women who fought for our country.