Phyllis Mayers and Terri Solsbury, of Quilts of Valor Foundation, honored William G. Lawrence with a handmade quilt Saturday at VFW post 7890 in Trigg County to thank and comfort him for his service, sacrifice and valor.
Lawrence served in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam veteran. As he was presented the quilt, he shared how hard it was years ago to leave his two young sons and pregnant wife, Carolyn, and go to Vietnam.
“William was adamant in fulfilling his word and duty to serve his country to the best of his ability,” Carolyn said. “William did not see his third son until he was 8 months old.”
Lawrence said he felt there were many more veterans more deserving of this honor than he, but he humbly thanked everyone involved and thanked all the members of VFW Post 7890 for their support.
QOVF is a national non-profit organization started by blue star mom Catherine Roberts in 2003. These quilts are lifetime awards stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts awarded to military service members and veterans touched by war. Over 250,000 Quilts of Valor have been awarded since its inception.
A quilt is made of three layers, Mayers said. The top layer is pieced together with different pieces to reflect the many in our community who care about our veterans and service members. The middle layer contains the batting which provides the warmth and comfort. The backing is the layer that is sometimes not shown but plays a vital part in making the quilt complete. These layers are stitched together to connect all layers together, she said.
Mayers and Solsbury volunteer for Quilts of Valor Foundation group 24984 out of Trenton. Their group takes care of western Kentucky’s QOV recipients from Bowling Green to the Mississippi River.
The mission of QOVF is “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”
To nominate someone you know for a quilt, visit www.QOVF.org. At the top of the page click on the tab “Learn How To.”