On Friday, May 27, during the Memorial Day services at History Park, keynote speaker Col. Jeffery Johnson, commander of the Tullahoma High School Marine JROTC received a surprise and was presented a Quilt of Valor for his years of service.

Quilts of Valor are specially-made quilts bestowed upon service members upon their return to the states. Started in 2003 by a Blue Star mother, Catherine Roberts, the quilts are meant to show Americans’ appreciation for the service of military personnel by welcoming them home with love and gratitude. The Quilts of Valor Foundation is now a nationwide service effort that connects civilians with service members and veterans, as well as connecting veterans with other veterans.