‘They are our heroes’

Veteran Robert Turner receives his Quilt of Valor from QOVF Alabama State Coordinator Mary Harris. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

Local veterans receive Quilts of Valor

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman’s VFW Post 2214 on Thursday saw six of its own members honored with quilts from the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Veterans Neville James Franks, Wendell Thomas Copeland, Charles Ernest Irvin, Robert Rayburn Turner, Terrilynn Seanard and Christopher Ray Dutton received their quilts from QOVF Alabama State Coordinator Mary Harris.

“We have awarded over 351,000 quilts,” said Harris. “Our quilts are not gifts; they are awarded. We don’t just hand them out like a magazine or brochure. We wrap the veteran in their quilt and thank them for their service. Each quilt is handmade; they don’t come from Walmart or China. They’re all handmade right here in Alabama.”

When receiving their quilts, according to Harris, “So many say, ‘I don’t deserve this.’ I’ll argue with them on that point! I’m honored to be able to present them to our veterans. They are our heroes.”

Thursday’s recipients were:

  • Neville James Franks – Lance Corporal E3, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Wendell Thomas Copeland – Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force
  • Charles Ernest Irvin – Specialist Third Class E4, U.S. Army
  • Robert Rayburn Turner – Sergeant E5, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Terrilynn Seanard – Sergeant E5, U.S. Army
  • Christopher Ray Dutton – Chief Gunner’s mate E7, U.S. Navy

The QOVF’s stated mission is “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” The group presents quilts to veterans and certain civilians who served in various capacities to support the U.S. military or veterans.

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