Quilts of Valor

Three “civilian purple hearts” awarded in North Platte
Published: Apr. 9, 2021 at 12:30 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Local Vietnam Veterans were recognized on Thursday with a special gift. Bringing the number of total Quilts of Valor to North Platte to 46, the National Quilts of Valor Foundation and the local Heartland Nebraska Quilts of Valor are on a mission. They seek to cover service members and veterans with comfort and healing.

Three local veterans are awarded a Quilt of Valor
Three local veterans are awarded a Quilt of Valor

Paul Fitzpatrick, Merle Schroder, and Stanley R. Wilhelmson were honored at the 20th Century Veterans Memorial in North Platte in a special ceremony, Thursday. Each were wrapped in a handmade quilt and thanked for their service, and “welcomed home,” properly.

The Quilt of Valor is the “civilian equivalent of a purple heart,” according to the organization. They say it is all about saying thank you to the recipients for their service, sacrifice, and valor.

Each veteran is touched by war in different ways. Each vowed to lay down their lives with no questions asked.

A special thank you to these men, all veterans, and Stanley’s buddy.

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