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Quilts of Valor honors 5 Kershaw County veterans

Posted: October 17, 2014 9:06 a.m.
Updated: October 17, 2014 9:02 a.m.
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Edward Nester, Don Nixon, Albert Gibson, Aaron “Buddy” Neeley and Bob Hamilton stand wrapped in their quilts.


Five Kershaw County veterans received quilts in the Douglas Reed House at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County this week. The Kershaw County Quilters branch of the Quilts of Valor Foundation recognized the veterans for their service in conflicts dating back to the Korean War.


South Carolina Coordinator Anne Mixon, who is also a member of the Kershaw County Quilters, made a special appearance at the ceremony and presented opening remarks and quilts to the veterans.


The veterans awarded included Edward Nester, Don Nixon, Bob Hamilton, Albert Gibson and Aaron “Buddy” Neeley.


Nester, who is also a member of the Kershaw County Quilters, served in Vietnam and the Dominican Republic in the 1960s.
 “It was a surprise to be awarded,” said Nester. “I did not realize I was going to get called up too.”


Nixon is a Navy veteran who fought in the Korean War. He was grateful to receive a quilt, but he said that no award is necessary for his service because it was needed to protect his country.


“We went in because we were supposed to, so you wonder how deserving we are,” said Nixon. “It was a pleasure to receive my quilt.”


Neeley is a Navy and Marine veteran who fought in Vietnam, Panama, Granada, Afghanistan and Iraq. Neeley served a total of 21 years and said that having people show their gratitude really makes that time meaningful.


“Serving was my chance to give my support to my country,” said Neeley. “Being recognized makes it feel like I did something that was worth the cause.”


Hamilton served in the Marines and fought in Korea from 1953-56, and Gibson is an Army veteran who served in Vietnam.


According to Mixon, Quilts of Valor has awarded 106,000 quilts nationwide during the past 10 years. The five quilts awarded are a small portion of the number of quilts the South Carolina quilters are expected to present by the end of this year.


“No other state in the country has received more quilt requests than South Carolina,” said Mixon.


Quilts of Valor is a non-profit organization in which materials for the quilts are donated or supplied by the quilters themselves. Anyone interested in donating or joining can email Anne Mixon at anne.mixon@qovf.org.

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