VA To Honor Korea-Era Veterans Today

White River Junction — A ceremony honoring a number of Korean War era veterans will be held today from 2-4 p.m. at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.

The Spirit of Valor ceremony is an expansion of the Quilts of Valor program, which presents veterans with handmade quilts. Today’s event will honor and thank a pre-selected group of Korean War-era veterans, who will each receive a unique patriotic quilt. Veterans who would like to be recognized in a future ceremony should contact the VA for details.

The quilts, made and donated by volunteer artists across the country, are provided by the Quilts of Valor Foundation. They are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts, the VA said in a recent news release. “Combat troops who have been wounded or touched by war are awarded this tangible token of appreciation that unequivocally says, ‘Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.’ ”

Catherine Roberts, of Delaware, started the foundation during her son Nathanael’s year-long deployment to Iraq. It aims to give each service member returning from war a quilt, as a tangible reminder of an American’s appreciation and gratitude. As of January, more than 95,000 quilts have been awarded to service members and veterans. — Staff report