A quilting group that meets once a month in Big Rapids held a special presentation today in Whitehall.

Two of the group's members made the 90-minute drive Wednesday, Nov. 16, to Muskegon County to honor two special veterans. It's the result of weeks of honoring veterans at Shoreline Elementary.

Second grade students at the school are proud to be American -- and they built a "Wall of Heroes" to honor members of their families who have served in the armed forces.

The wall included photos and the names of those servicemen and servicewomen.

"It is about 40-feet of pictures of all of our veterans," said David Hundt, the school's principal.

Names of veterans on the wall were entered into a drawing. The winner: Bill Welch, selected to be the recipient of a handmade red, white and blue quilt.

"It is touching, just to see the support from the kids," Welch said.

The Army veteran served three combat tours. Welch and his brother joined the Army right after the attacks of September 11th.

Welch's niece, Izabella Striker, entered his name into the drawing.

"If he is cold, he can get in his quilt and cover himself up," Striker said.

The students surprised principal Hundt with a quilt, too. He served in the Navy.

"I am just so proud of the kids and the work they did with honoring veterans, and the wall that they made," Hundt said.

Two veterans, one from the Army and another from the Navy, recieved their own special quilts from Quilts of Valor members and Westshore Elementary students.

Member of the national volunteer grout Quilts of Valor made the handmade quilts: "To thank them and comfort them for their service to our country," Mary Picucci said.

She and Lynette Hartman are members of the Big Rapids chapter of Quilts of Valor. The chapter meets the first Tuesday of every month.

So far, they've made 50-quilts for veterans.

Shoreline students donated $126.00 to the club to purchase more material to use in their next quilt.