Free calendar honors WWII troops with ties to Southern Colorado

Published: December 4, 2013, 11:27 am, by Erin Prater

usecalendarA free 2014 calendar distributed by a Trinidad bank honors late Front Range troops who served in World War II.

The calendar, being offered on a first-come, first-served basis by The First National Bank in Trinidad, is a follow-up to last year’s, which featured local living troops who served in World War II.

Each monthly spread features the stories of two troops along with photos of them and pictures of memorabilia.

Among the stories highlighted are that of a Women’s Auxiliary Corp member who worked with Gen. Eisenhower as his historical archivist, a soldier who survived the Bataan death march and POW camps in the Philippines only to be killed later by friendly fire, and a second-generation Japanese American soldier who fought in the South Pacific under a likely cloud of suspicion.

Troops highlighted have ties to Trinidad, Walsenburg, Canon City, Segundo, Aguilar, Sopris and La Veta, as well as Raton, N.M.

The calendar’s final spread includes a full page of information on Huerfano and Las Animas counties’ ties to the war. The back of the calendar encourages readers to donate to Honor Flight of Southern Colorado, a local chapter of a national nonprofit that sends World War II and terminally ill veterans to the Capitol free of charge.

For more information on the calendar and a list of bank locations, visit fnbtrinidad.com.

For more information on Honor Flight of Southern Colorado, visit honorflightsoco.org.