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The American Legion Post 27 held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Two Quilts of Valor were given to local veterans during the ceremony.

One was given to Sarah Rinne, who served in the United States Marine Corps from 2000 to 2004. The other was given to Chief Petty Officer Donald D. Forke, who served from 1976 to 2006.

Quilts of Valor is a movement to honor service members and veterans, and thank them for their service, sacrifice and valor in serving the nation.

Quilts of Valor began in 2003 by a quilter named Catherine Roberts, whose son was deployed in Iraq.

“She felt a panic for the dangers her son faced and had a dream involving soldiers wrapped in quilts,” Loree Dienstbier, president of the American Legion Auxiliary, said. “The mission of the Quilt of Valor is to honor service members and veterans who have been touched by war with comforting and healing quilts.”

Dienstbier said over 200,000 quilts have been awarded since then, 13 of which have been awarded by the Beatrice legion.

The legion also awarded a GI Josh dog to Patty Francis. Patty is the daughter of John Francis, a Staff Sergeant at the Lincoln Air National Guard who is currently deployed.

The stuffed animal comes with a book titled “I’ll be OK”, which is meant to comfort children of deployed service members.  

The American Legion will hold events every month throughout the year to continue celebrating its anniversary.

“We’re celebrating as much as possible to make people aware of what all we do for the youth in our community and the veterans in our community,” Dienstbier said. “That’s what we’re all about.”

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