02042014 - quilts of valor (KG) - nwherald

Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com

World War II Army veteran BIll O'Connell (center left) reacts as the crowd stands to applaud him during the Quilts of Valor presentation Tuesday at American Community Bank in Huntley. The national organization has awarded over 96,000 quilts since 2003. The bank has donated their basement for the group to use on the first Tuesday of every month. Local veterans from many wars were awarded the hand-made quilts Tuesday in Huntley, and there is an application process for other local veterans to receive the award.