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      Grand Strand veterans presented with Quilts of Valor

      Nine Grand Strand area veterans were presented with Quilts of Valor Friday morning at a ceremony at the Myrtle Beach Harley Davidson.

      For Marine veteran Peter D'Astoli who served in Vietnam, the quilts mean more than just warmth in the coming winter months. "This means, as I said before, so much because this is the first thing that was ever given to me for my service," D'Astoli said. He's grateful for the support now,

      The mission of theQuilts of Valor Foundation is to give all combat service members and veterans touched by war a comforting and healing quilt. "It's our way of thanking them for their sacrifice," said Joan Wobbleton, Representative of the Myrtle Beach Quilts Of Valor.

      The event served as a kick-off for Military Appreciation Week at the Harley dealership and was the largest presentation of quilts in this area so far. "They usually do them individually so we said just come here, we'll do lunch, we'll do them all together and do a nice group presentation," said Sarah George, Marketing Director for Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson.

      The one-of-a-kind, hand made quilts have never been in higher demand. "I gave away nine today, I have three on monday and so probably maybe 120 this year," Wobbleton said. "It's become our passion to try to cover and thank all those who are eligible for quilts."

      Sunday, Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson will host a Marine Birthday Celebration from 11am-4pm. The dealership is located at 4710 Highway 17 South.