LEOMINSTER — Five local veterans were honored on Oct. 21 at the Leominster Veterans Center on West Street.
A Quilts of Valor ceremony was held at the center by the Capt. John Joslin Jr. Leominster chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Quilts of Valor group leader Joan Schwerin presented handmade red, white, and blue patriotic quilts to Navy veterans Roger Bergeron and Francis ‘Skip’ Morse and Air Force veterans Erica Milano and Dennis Bouchard.
In addition, Frederick Schwerin was presented with a Vietnam War veteran lapel pin and certificate by Elaine Perreault, DAR Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative partner chair, “as a lasting memento of our nation’s thanks and welcome home,” said chapter Regent Sharon Bouchard.
“He did not know about it and was so pleased,” Bouchard said of Schwerin’s special surprise honor. “It was beautiful!”