The Las Animas County Veterans Memorial Committee is celebrating the 20th consecutive year of its annual Veterans Day Luncheon this Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11.
“We’ve been doing this a long time,” said organizer Linda Barron. “It’s just one thing we can do for the veterans and this year we want to be sure to invite the spouses and widows of veterans. This is for all of them.”
The 20th annual Veterans Day Luncheon will be held beginning at 11 a.m., with a ceremony set to begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Sabastiani Gymnasium at 206 N. Animas St. The luncheon is free for local veterans, veterans’ spouses, widows and other family members. Barron intimated that this has become a proud tradition in Las Animas County and Trinidad.
Once again, the festivities will feature the U.S. Army’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team Color Guard and 4th Infantry Division Band.
The Las Animas County Veterans Memorial Committee plans the big event with the help of sponsors, volunteers and individual donations.
One sponsor Barron highlighted was Earl Hurley of Bob & Earl’s Restaurant in Trinidad. “Earl has been with us from the start,” said Barron. “I just say Earl, ‘I need this, this and this and he always comes through for us. He, and the kids that volunteer from the schools and so many other people work to do this and honor our veterans.”
“Operation Trinidad Responds” is another effort by the committee and local contributors that Barron is promoting ahead of the holiday season. The effort hopes to help currently serving military service members by shipping Christmas boxes to those serving their country in overseas locations.
The committee has been operating “Operation Trinidad Responds” since 2003. If you have a family member, or know someone serving overseas, you can provide the committee their name and address and they will receive a special holiday package. Concerned individuals can also “adopt-a-soldier,” or contribute Christmas items, or donations, to help with the project.
For more information on “Operation Trinidad Responds,” or the annual Veteran’s Day Luncheon, contact Barron at 719-846-8223.