Peter Forney Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution recently presented a special quilt to a veteran of three wars in recognition of his service. Over 145 hours went into its creation and 99-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Captain Marvin G. Smith was the recipient of a Quilt of Valor created by Nancy Billingslea in a special presentation. Billingslea, a member of the Peter Forney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, created the quilt as a thank you for Smith's service to the country. A commendation from Admiral Kent Davis, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, was also part of the presentation to Smith. The presentation was made by chapter members at Prattville's First Baptist Church.
A veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, Captain Smith received the Bronze Star with Combat "V", Joint Service Commendation Medal, Medal of Honor, First Class and Republic of Vietnam Medal. He served 38 years in the military.
The Quilt of Valor Foundation, a non-profit group of quilters, encourages quilters from across the United States to use its mission to cover service members and veterans of war with comforting, healing quilts. To date, almost 6,000 quilts have been presented. A Quilt of Valor must be a specific size, must have a label with required information and must be awarded - it is not a gift - and must be recorded.
The Peter Forney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is comprised of members who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. The organization is open to any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background. The Peter Forney Chapter meets monthly, except during summer months, at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. For more information about the chapter, visit www.peterforneyasdar.weebly.com.