Vietnam and WWII Veterans Honored with Quilts of Valor

by Shelby Scott

As Americans, we have many unique ways of thanking our veterans for their service. Most recently, a pair of Grand Strand veterans received Quilts of Valor in remembrance of their sacrifices.

According to WMBF News, each stitch within the quilt signifies a piece of gratitude and the quilts of honor go to veterans who’ve served our country.

The moment took part during a larger occasion in which the two veterans, WWII Vet Leo Garmusz and Vietnam Vet Fred Tinney, received honors during a full-length ceremony. As to the Quilts of Valor placed upon the veterans’ shoulders, the practice began in 2003. The movement serves as a way to help heal soldiers who’ve returned from combat.

Tinney and Garmusz’s quilts each boast different colors and designs, with a variation of red, white, and blue colors, and a speckling of patriotic stars. The news outlet stated the quilts represent the American flag in many ways.

Of the honor, Garmusz, who turns 102 next month said, “I didn’t expect it. It surprised me.” Tinney added, “It’s a privilege to be alive today to honor them also in receiving the quilt.”

Marty Kaminski, who organized the veteran event, said the quilts “mean patriotism, honor and pride and commitment.”

As a whole, however, the outlet states the quilts serve as a reflection of the past and a celebration of today.

Indiana Governor Awards Veteran Highest State Honor

With their Quilts of Honor, it’s our hope that the Grand Strand vets feel wrapped in the love and pride of Outsiders everywhere. Additionally, one WWII veteran a bit further inland recently received the highest honor Indiana’s governor could award. And the honor itself is well-deserved.

The WWII veteran, 104-year-old Ned B. Kent, received state-wide recognition for his services last week. The award itself, entitled the “Sagamore of the Wabash” is, as stated the absolute highest award Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb could award a United States veteran. While Holcomb was apparently unable to present the award to Kent himself, Indiana State Police Superintendent, Doug Carter, made sure the ceremony went over swimmingly.

To press, he said, “I’m very grateful to be able to present this award to Mr. Kent and am looking forward to seeing him at the next Memorial Service at the Jasper Post.”

Following the award ceremony, Kent expressed his gratitude for receiving the honor. “It came as a total surprise,” he said.

Honorees of the “Sagamore of the Wabash” must possess certain attributes and demonstrated certain acts of valor. Specifically, the individual veteran is “distinguished by his (her) humanity in living, his loyalty in friendship, his wisdom in council, and his inspiration in leadership.

Kent, one of seven children, was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941. He spent a total of four years and nine months in the service before retiring. His deployment saw him fight in various locations around the world countries such as Italy in Europe in addition to parts of Africa.