Local veterans receive “Quilts of Valor”


BUCKHANNON — Two local veterans and residents of Upshur County were recently among the grateful award recipients for “Quilts of Valor.”

Mayford L. Bailey, Army Veteran of the Vietnam Era, was presented a Quilt of Valor via Quilts of Valor-West Virginia. Miles Paugh, Army Veteran of the Korean War and a U.S. Air Force retiree, also received a Quilt of Valor from the West Virginia organization. These beautiful awards in recognition of the veterans’ service were reportedly crafted by New Jersey quilters.

Quilts of Valor is a national organization for awarding quilts to military veterans who have been touched by war. Nominations may be made by individual friends, family members or organizations for active, discharged, or veteran members of any branch of the Armed Services.

A “Quilt of Valor” is a civilian award for the individual’s service and sacrifice to defend our country’s freedom. As with any other award, the presentation of these quilts deserves a proper ceremony from those who nominate veterans for this award. Birthdays, holidays, and other such occasions that are associated with gift giving are avoided to prevent sending an incorrect message that Quilts of Valor are presents, because they are not. Surprise awards are not allowed out of respect for the service members and veterans. This limitation is designed to protect the service member or veteran from a potentially unexpected emotional episode or medical issue, and some folks just don’t like surprises.

Who is eligible for a Quilt of Valor?

Any service member or living veteran, male or female, who served in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard is eligible to be nominated for a Quilt of Valor. Members of the activated National Guard and activated or active duty-special work (ADSW) reservists are also eligible.

The Army National Guard and Air Force National Guard are components of the Army and Air Force respectively. Merchant Marines activated from 1941 to 1945, as well as anyone who served at the Dover Mortuary Facility is also eligible. If the person has served during declared war, conflicts, police actions, peacekeeping missions, and counter terrorism operations and/or times of peace they are eligible. Anyone who served during, but not necessarily limited to, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Beirut, Granada, Bosnia, the Cold War, Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Iraq, Afghanistan, anti-terrorism operations, and terrorism attacks against Armed Forces personnel is included. Only veterans with an Honorable or General discharge status are eligible.

What kind of quilt pattern could be used for the awards?

Any pattern can be used for the creation of Quilts of Valor, if it is at least 60x80 in size or larger. The preferred colors are red, white/cream, and blue. They can be other colors; however, when given the choice, the service member or veteran always chooses the patriotic one. The organization also emphasizes quality over quantity as they believe these veterans deserve quilts they will be proud to own.

Quilts of Valor-West Virginia is currently requesting the participation of state quilters to sew blocks and/or quilts, quilt and bind quilts for a display on the capitol steps in Charleston, WV on September 5, 2021. After the display, the quilts will be presented to veterans.

Donations of fabric, quilt batting, and money for supplies are also being accepted. To nominate a veteran, you will need all contact information, their branch of service, and dates served. For further information, you can visit quiltsofvalor.org or Quilts of Valor-West Virginia on Facebook.

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