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Through a partnership between Quilts of Valor and the POW / MIA Flag Guard, approximately 20 area military veterans were honored Saturday morning at Otter Creek Tavern in Vine Grove.

During the recognition event, each veteran was presented with a handmade quilt made by Pins and Needles Quilt Group – Radcliff, which serves as the local chapter of the national organization Quilts of Valor. Pins and Needles Group Leader Marcella Goodin attended the event to present each honored Veteran with a quilt and letter of appreciation.

Founded in 2003, Quilts of Valor has awarded more than 280,000 quilts to active and retired military personnel over the years, according to the organization’s website. The group is made up of thousands of volunteers and hundreds of community groups across the country.

Quilt recipients are chosen through nominations and quilts are designed and created by a dedicated quilting team. The quilts featured at Saturday’s event were created by a team from Minnesota, according to Goodin.

Goodin said that as a veteran of the US Airforce, the Quilts of Valor mission is personal to him.

“I find it very rewarding because being in the military and seeing what they’re going through, they don’t have enough,” she said.

In addition to receiving their quilt, the veterans also received a Certificate of Appreciation, POW / MIA Flag, Medal and Poppy, all presented by Linda Crabtree, member of the POW / MIA Flag Guard.

Terry Berry of Rineyville was one of the veterans honored on Saturday. A Vietnam War veteran who served in the military for over 20 years, Berry said he first found out he would be a beneficiary about two weeks ago.

Although Berry said he was a bit skeptical of the idea at first, he later changed his mind and was happy to receive the quilt and other tokens of gratitude.

“It was wonderful,” he said. “I’m very grateful.”

Andrew Critchelow can be contacted at 270-505-1413 or [email protected]