19 veterans receive Quilts of Valor

Democrat photo/Garrett Fuller — Eighteen veterans were presented Quilts of Valor by the Bookworm Quilters during a Saturday ceremony at the California Nutrition Center. Recipients were, from left: Front row — Thomas Steven Miller, James Earl Sapp, Larry Peck, Dale Lewis, Billy Merritt and James Canter. Rear row — Dwight Miller, Donald Mitchell, Terry Hees, Larry Riggs, David Schubert and Ron Baysinger. Not pictured are Michael Rankins, Edward Allen Liebi and Jonathan Wirtz. Herman Benny Kempker, Ralph Parish, Javier Omar Borrero and Jason Wood were unable to attend the ceremony but also had their quilts presented.

Larry Riggs wasn't met with a cheerful homecoming after returning home from the Vietnam War.

However, a handmade quilt presented to him decades later helped make up for it.