Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

June 30, 2014

Quilts of Valor presented in Cumberland

CROSSVILLE — During the month of June, the National Quilts of Valor (QOV) Organization awarded its 100,000th quilt to military veterans who have been touched by war since it began 11 years ago.

The Crossville QOV group of 14 volunteers met at the Fair Park Senior Center on June 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. and worked diligently on piecing cut fabrics and binding quilts that were available to work on. Machines were busy sewing, as much was accomplished during the three-hour session.

In the last two months in Cumberland County, there have been three quilts awarded in various presentations to the following veterans:

1. Steve Brown was presented a QOV by his wife for his 27 years of service with the Army Reserve and the Air Force and for his tour in Vietnam.

2. Gene Miller is an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam and resides in Crossville.

3. Harold Pope was presented a QOV for his service in Korea while in the Air Force. He resides in Fairfield Glade.

More Quilts of Valor are scheduled to be awarded to five other recipients during the months of June and July. They are:

1. Cecil Smith for his service in the Air Force and as a Vietnam veteran. Smith is also a local Scout master in the Crossville area.

2. Talmadge Elmus Welch served in the Navy while in World War II. He is a native of Monterey and is now residing at the Standing Stone Rehabilitation Center.

3. Donald Harris served 20 years in the Navy and Air Force. He resides at his home in Crossville.

4. Melvin Axford is a WWII veteran who served in the Army and lives in Crossville.

5. Andrew Benson served in the Navy for a 21-year career. He was deployed in Iraq and Kosovo and resides in Crab Orchard.

The group is proud to award these veterans a Quilt of Valor for their service to this country. Their next meeting to assemble quilts will be July 7 at the Fair Park Senior Center. They have been allowed to use the facility at no charge and welcome

anyone who would like to help. The meeting will start at 4:15 p.m. and will conclude at 7 p.m.

Donations can be made to Lorrie Brown for fabric and materials for the Quilts of Valor. All help is appreciated. Call (931) 839-8162 for questions.

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