FRANKLIN — The Sussex County Quilters created and presented a Quilt of Valor to World War II veteran Eddie Mindlin.
At 96, the borough native and long-time member of the Franklin Borough Fire Department accepted the honor during a presentation on Veterans' Day at the firehouse.
Mindlin joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Satyr, a landing craft repair ship. He was part of the force which was preparing to invade Okinawa when the war ended and became part of the post-war Occupational Force.
The Quilters group, working with the Warwick Valley Quilters Guild of northeastern Pennsylvania, has made 257 quilts since August 2011 when it joined the national Quilts of Valor Foundation. The group's mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comfort and healing.
For the past eight summers, the local group shared a booth at the New Jersey State Fair, and has invited attendees to sign blocks of fabric that will be made into quilts.