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Southern Indiana Quilts of Valor Presents Two Lawrence County WWII Vets Quilts

LAWRENCE COUNTY - (March 6, 2022) - Two Lawrence County World War II Veterans were presented " Quilts of Valor" Sunday afternoon at Wilson Park.

Lester Saunders, who served in the Army from 1942 - 1945 and James Lee Hutchinson who served in the Air Force from 1943-1945 were bestowed the special honor Sunday afternoon.

(Left - Lester Saunders and Right - James Lee Hutchinson was given "Quilts of Valor" Sunday afternoon at Wilson Park

Les Saunders celebrated his 100th birthday and James Lee Hutchinson will turn 96 this June was on hand for the presentation.

Catherine Roberts’ Dream

"Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream, literally a dream. Founder Catherine Roberts’ son Nat was deployed in Iraq. According to Catherine:

The dream was as vivid as real life. I saw a young man sitting on the side of his bed in the middle of the night, hunched over. The permeating feeling was one of utter despair. I could see his war demons clustered around, dragging him down into an emotional gutter.

Then, as if viewing a movie, I saw him in the next scene wrapped in a quilt. His whole demeanor changed from one of despair to one of hope and well-being. The quilt had made this dramatic change. The message of my dream was: Quilts = Healing," said Krista Gilday Southern Indiana Quilts of Valor.

The model appeared simple: have a volunteer team who would donate their time and materials to make a quilt. One person would piece the top and the other would quilt it. I saw the name for this special quilt: it was Quilt of Valor, a QOV.

For more information on Quilts of Valor and how to nominate a veteran go to their website at Quilts of Valor Foundation | (

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