Calendars salute Raton-area World War II veterans

For the Comet

RATON — The First National Loan Production Office in the Dona Ana Shopping Center in Raton invites everyone to its 11th annual open house reception and 2014 calendar distribution.

“The annual event has turned into a wonderful tradition for area residents,” said Diana Sanchez, vice president and branch manager. “People come for calendars and refreshments but often stay to reminisce with old friends or meet new ones.”

The event is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at 1247 S. Second Street in Raton. As in previous years, the collector’s series calendar will be distributed as a gift to the community on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.

The 2014 historic calendar entitled “Our Greatest Generation, Part II” salutes area World War II veterans. These ordinary men and women faced extraordinary challenges in their early lifetimes, beginning with the extreme economic despair of the Great Depression in the 1930s, then came of age at a time of world conflict and answered the call of duty to save the world from tyranny. Eventually, they came home, started families, began careers, built community and spoke only reluctantly about what happened and what they saw.

During the past 10 months, Trinidad historian and author Cosette Henritze sat down with families of deceased local World War II veterans to discuss their family members’ youth and service to the United States and the world. The result of these discussions is a collaboration of local World War II stories and striking images from their private family collections.