O’FALLON, Mo. – If you were looking to define true bravery, look no further than the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday as members of the military. One group, Quilts of Valor, is honoring them in a unique way.

Over 80 quilters gather at the O’Fallon Knights of Columbus to piece together emblems of appreciation for eight veterans.

“It’s such a pleasure to be able to give them the tiniest thank you,” quilter Mary Voshen said.

The group arrives at the crack of dawn to create Quilts of Valor, founded by the Ladies Auxillary.

“Some of (the veterans) get up there and tell their story, and a bunch of us ladies just sit around and tear up. I think they’ll be honored,” another quitler, Barb Worthmann, said. “It’s from our heart to their heart, with no strings attached. No political strings or anything, so it’s just our way of saying, ‘Thank you for your service.’”

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Since 2005, the organization has given away 3,400 quilts.

“I was very, very lucky to get this,” Lonnie Willis Sr., retired Navy lieutenant, said.

Co-founder of Quilts of Valor, Jean Jaeger, is ecstatic at the sight of over 80 women who arrived Tuesday to stitch for veterans.

“You couldn’t do it without good people. We had so many people volunteer and help us when we first started—there was 23 of us—look how it’s growing,” she said.