Quilts of Valor Display at the Horry County Museum
The Horry County Museum presents a Quilts of Valor display, featuring quilts made especially for 18 local veterans, on view November 12th through December 17th. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) is to cover all service members and veterans, touched by war, with a comforting and healing quilt. In 2003, Catherine Roberts, the founder of the QOVF, had a son deployed to Iraq. She struggled with how to stay busy and keep her mind busy while he was in harm’s way. One night, she had a dream where she saw a man sitting on the side of a bed, shaking. In her dream, a quilt was placed around his shoulders and he seemed to be comforted. As a nurse and quilter, Roberts then decided she would make and send quilts to Kandahar. Each stretcher that had a wounded veteran got a red, white and blue quilt placed on their stretcher. After six years, the foundation decided to award a quilt to any veteran who served during wartime era, from WWII to present. Since 2003, the foundation, now a national organization, has awarded 216,471 quilts.