BEAN STATION – Jerald “Wayne” Myers of Bean Station was honored for his service in the U.S. military with the presentation of a Quilt of Valor Thursday, August 27 at Appalachian Real Estate and Auction Company.
Myers served in the Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He said he was stationed in San Antonio, Texas for basic training and attended jet school in Amarillo, Texas. From there he went to MacDill Air Force base in Tampa, Florida, and on to Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base.
Kathleen Van Orsdel of the Jefferson City Quilters presented the quilt to Myers. She said Quilts of Valor’s mission is to “honor service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”
Myers humbly accepted the quilt honoring his service.
“Thank you. Thank everybody. This was a surprise. Man! Not deserved, but this was a surprise,” he said.
Quilts of Valor began in 2003. It began with one woman who gave her son a quilt to comfort him when he was deployed to war, Orsdel said. The man’s friends liked the idea and asked for quilts for themselves. The woman asked others to help and Quilts of Valor was born.
The Lakeway area Quilts of Valor group began in 2012, and today has about 40 quilters.