Swanson Road Elementary School held its traditional Memorial Day Concerts this past Friday. But this Memorial Day observance was marked by a special presentation from the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Theresa Perreault, Massachusetts State Coordinator for Quilts of Valor was on hand to award the quilts to seven veterans and servicemen and servicewomen. Quilts of Valor Foundation was founded in 2003 and to date has distributed more than 200,000 quilts through it volunteers throughout the United States.

Perreault explained that quilts are comforting and meaningful. “We have about 25 people who work on quilts, so when we give one of the quilts to a combat veteran it’s like giving them 25 hugs.”

SWIS Principal, Susan Lopez assisted Perreault with the presentations. The recipients and their families who we in attendance were grateful, and clearly moved by the ceremony.