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Ex-POW's Honored by Quilts of Valor Foundation
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on November 15, 2013 @ 6:08PM
Created on November 15, 2013 @ 4:47PM

Friday at the VA Hospital former prisoners of war were honored from the Quilts of Valor Foundation. There were three men honored who were prisoners of war from World War II.

The Quilts of Valor started after the second Gulf War. Anyone who quilts is welcome to make one for an American armed service member affected by war. The mission of this foundation is to touch as many service members as they can. Their website says this foundation is not about politics, its about people.

Friday, 5 News really saw how touched these ex-POW's were by this simple act. One of the veterans said it was truly an honor to be there. When 5 News talked to him he seemed like he didn't deserve such honor and just wanted to thank those women who made the quilts. He also shared a little about his service.

"I was a staff sergeant on a B-24 that was shot down near Rotterdam, Holland in World War II. There was eight of us. Four of them were killed and the other four of us were wounded and captured," said Okla Elmer Edgell, Former Prisoner of War. 

The quilts are a symbol of love and care for these veterans.

"When you think about when you were really sick as a little child, what did you really enjoy? There was that special blanket or that special quilt that somebody made and you got bundled up in it. You just felt the warmth and the love. That's part of what Quilts of Valor is all about. It's an opportunity to engulf our veterans in love and appreciation for what they have done for us and keeping us free," said Beth Brown, Medical Center Director. 

If you're interested in making a quilt or nominating someone to get one, click here.


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