Marchant Real Estate agent Celeste Purdie will be among ten women veterans to be awarded with a Quilt of Valor from the Upstate SC Quilt of Valor Foundation on February 28, 2020.
The mission of the foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
A Quilt of Valor is the highest award a veteran or active duty member of the military can receive from a civilian foundation. The Quilt of Valor is uniquely made for each veteran, so no two quilts are alike. Each quilt takes about 60 to 70 hours to complete and are made with love to provide comfort and healing to the courageous men and women who have bravely and selflessly served our country.
Celeste was selected to receive the quilt by Tamika Rowe, one of Marchant Real Estate’s veteran clients who Celeste assisted in purchasing her very first home. Tamika volunteers for the Quilt of Valor Foundation and will be presenting Celeste with her quilt at the ceremony. “Tamika works selflessly for veterans in our area in several volunteer roles and inspired me to get more involved in organizations that support women veterans,” says Celeste. The first ever all-female Veteran Quilt of Valor Ceremony in the Upstate will be held at World Piece Restaurant, located at 109 W Stone Avenue, Greenville SC from 6 to 8 pm on February 28.
Celeste was a Defensive C3CM Specialist and a SGT in The United States Air Force. Sergeant Purdie was in the Electronic Security Command, stationed in Okinawa, Japan and Sembach, Germany. She received 7 Air Force awards, as well as the Combat Readiness Medal. Over the course of her service, Celeste traveled to over 20 countries. As an agent with Top Secret security clearance, Celeste worked behind the huge elephant cage radar monitoring sites during the Cold War era and witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Seabrook Marchant, owner of Marchant Real Estate, remarks “We are so proud to have Celeste on our team and appreciate the work she does to assist our veterans.”