Inmates Craft Quilt to Honor Nation's Military Dead

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One week from Monday, the nation will pause on Memorial Day, to honor the country's military dead.

One unlikely group has put together a very special tribute. Indiana prison inmates have created a giant, 40-foot quilt resembling the American flag.

The Stars and Stripes on the quilt contain over 5,000 squares. Those squares carry the names of service men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It's very touching, just to see it up close takes your breath away," said Jack Hendrix, assistant superintendent of the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility

"They deserve it, they deserve some kind of tribute," said inmate Kevin Henry. "They're doing what we should have been doing, serving other people.

The crafty creators said all of the materials and equipment needed for the flag were donated.

The inmates also donate quilts to homeless shelters and others who are in need. They said they do not know where the flag quilt will be donated.

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