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Patch quilt stirs Vietnam memories, honors veterans

Retired Sgt. Major Charlie Wright Retired Sgt. Major Charlie Wright
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

On Veterans Day, a retired Army reservist is honoring his three brothers who served in Vietnam by creating a quilt that contains the patches of all the major units who served at that time.

 It's called "A Stitch in Time", and it's a project that's taken Retired Sgt. Major Charlie Wright several years to complete. Wright says he's spent nearly a thousand hours creating his work of art. Now that its complete, he's excited to share his creation with the public, and hopes it inspires everyone who sees it. Wright likes to stay busy, so when he got injured while working in early 2000, he took on a new project to keep himself occupied. "Some people like fishing, I prefer sewing," he said.

In the years since then, later he's created two tributes to veterans. "Since I was out and I could hardly get around I had a lot of time to really work on it." One blanket is a tribute to those who served in Vietnam, and the other to those who served in the U.S. Army Reserves. "I've been wanting to do this for a long time because I have a lot of respect for the military. It can make a difference in your life if you go in there with the right attitude," Wright said.

Wright himself served four years in the Army, and then another 33 in the Reserves. Three of his brothers served in Vietnam as well. He says his love for sewing stems from watching his mom sew growing up. "It seemed like sewing gave her a peace of mind. So it look like it gave me a peace of mind to because if you're gonna sew something right it will sure take your mind off of trouble because you spend a lot of time doing the same thing continuously."

Wright says he hopes his artwork will inspire others . "Maybe it will encourage someone, they can take their time, and pursue their passion, and do something good, that will encourage people, to just get away from crime, find something that will take a lot of time and you can do something positive with it." And now that these two blankets are complete, he says he plans to do more.

Wright says he would like to sew more blankets commemorating those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in the Korean War. You can see Wright's blankets on display at the ACAD building on Albany State's campus this Wednesday.

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