NORTH PLATTE, Neb. It was a special day for 100-year-old veteran Norval Holtmeier of North Platte.
Norval Holtmeier receives a Quilt of Valor for his service during WWII. (Source: Jace Barraclough/KNOP)
Friends and family of the spry and humorous gentleman gathered at the Episcopal Church to celebrate his birthday as well as honor him with a Quilt of Valor.
"Quilts of Valor is a national organization and national foundation," said Christ Reinert of Quilts of Valor. "Our goal is to wrap service men and veterans with comforting healing and valor. That's what we did today with Norval."
The women from the organization read stories about Holtmeier in the service.
One such story was about him helping a fellow soldier during WWII who had been injured while on the battlefield. Holtmeier was struck by a sniper rifle to the shoulder in the process.
He was sent to Australia to be treated for his injury as well as a small case of malaria. After he recovered, he returned to the service until the end of the war.
After being draped in his new quilt Holtmeier said he was grateful for the gift.
"It's a beautiful quilt. It is quite an honor to receive a quilt like that from the ladies here in North Platte," said Holtmeier.
Reinert has been a part of four Quilts of Valor ceremonies and said it's very rewarding to be involved.
"Probably the most satisfying thing for us is when we see the overwhelming reaction to what we do when we give the quilt. When you saw Norval, I think he was just overcome," said Reinhert.