FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. (WSPA) – Nine veterans were honored by the Quilts of Valor and Patton Foundation Wednesday morning at the South Carolina National Guard Armory.
Quilts of Valor presented each veteran with a quilt by wrapping it around them.
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette gave a speech during the ceremony and SC House Mark Willis and Doug Gilliam also attended.
The organization typically spends more than 60 hours making each quilt.
Organizers said for many veterans the ceremony brings closure and recognition.
“The quilts seems to have these healing powers,” Richard Patton, director of Military and Veteran Affairs for the Patton Foundation USA, said. “It’s a way of saying thank you for your service. When that quilt gets wrapped around them, it’s like a mother’s hug. Helps fight the demons they may have.”