BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Montana Chapter of the Quilt's of Valor organization held their yearly banquet on Monday, and decided to give several veterans a surprise in honor of Veterans Day.
The nonprofit group sews special quilts for our country's heroes as a way of thanking them for their service.
During the banquet, they had a special surprise as they called up several veterans from the audience. They'd created quilts just for them- and each veteran received their own, unique blanket.
Vietnam Veteran Tony Novotny, who's a retired U.S. Army Sergeant, told us it felt great to get that token of support.
He said when he first returned home from war, he and other veterans didn't get much recognition. Over the years, our country's appreciation for veterans has grown, he said, and the quilt is a huge symbol and of that acceptance.
"I think our society has gotten better about appreciating our veterans and particularly our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans," Novotny said. "Quilts of Valor is just kind of a symbolic outward way of doing it."
This was the Quilts of Valor Montana Chapter's 7th annual banquet, but the first one they've ever held on Veterans Day.