Twenty-five veterans from three branches of the military were honored in a Quilts of Valor program held at the First Church of Christ in Grayson on Sunday, Nov. 24.
Sheila Flaugher Binion, Carter County Quilts For Veterans (CCQFV) president, welcomed the veterans and their families and introduced Trina Patrick who sang the National Anthem. Johnda Conley Adkins gave the invocation.
Sixteen-year-old Brendan Bush, Rogers Scholar Graduate, recently raised money as his community service project and presented checks to Phill Pittman and Evan Goldey with Honor Flight Kentucky and also one to CCQFV. Honor Flight Kentucky and CCQFV each received a check for $1,161.
Brendan Bush is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Bush and the grandson of Don and Louise Bush and Rev. Harry and Margaret Sanders. Brendan is a junior at East Carter High School.
The veterans lined the front pews of the church, and as their names were called, took one of six seats facing the audience. Two of the CCQFV members then wrapped a quilt around the shoulders of each veteran as their name and branch of service was announced.
Three of the veterans receiving quilts were brothers: Estill Caudill (USAF), Fred Caudill (US Army) and Col. Vaughn Caudill (US Army), who had 32 years of service. The brothers said their family had members who served in the military from 1942-2005.
Members of the CCQFV and volunteers of the Quilts of Valor Foundation were introduced by their president, Sheila Flaugher Binion, who expressed her appreciation for the endless hours the members spent creating the Quilts of Valor that were presented to the veterans on behalf of the national organization, Quilts of Valor Foundation. The QCQFV members volunteer their time making the quilts, and the quilts are given to the veterans free of charge.
Closing remarks were made by Col. Vaughn Caudill, U.S. Army Veteran and MSU HOF inductee. Trena Patrick sang “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood, and Major Keith Kappes, U.S. Army Veteran, concluded the program with the Benediction.