Recently, the Quilts of Valor Foundation honored five local United States Marine Corps veterans with quilts, saying “thank you for your service.” The presentation was performed during the monthly meeting of the Gainesville Marine Corps League, Detachment 665.
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. It is a national effort by volunteer quilters stitching love, prayers and healing thoughts into these quilts as tangible reminders of appreciation and gratitude as a thank-you for their service, sacrifice and valor.
As of Jan. 31, 2015, there have been 113,570 quilts recorded being awarded. The local Gainesville group, On Eagle Wings, has been making QOVs for just 18 months, starting with six ladies and growing to 11. They have awarded 90 quilts to veterans in the Gainesville area to date.
The Marine Corps League joins together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving traditions and promote the interests of the United States Marine Corps. It renders assistance and aid to all Marines and Marine affiliates. The local detachment, 665, is actively involved in the annual Toys for Tots program within Gainesville and the surrounding area.