Celebrated nationwide Saturday morning, the Wreaths Across America Program had to be delayed one day in Bent County due to the huge snowstorm that hit southeastern Colorado over the weekend.

Celebrated nationwide Saturday morning, the Wreaths Across America Program had to be delayed one day in Bent County due to the huge snowstorm that hit southeastern Colorado over the weekend – 14 inches was the official report. Karen VanEgmond, coordinator, canceled the program and rescheduled the laying of the wreaths for Sunday at 2 p.m.

Volunteers at Fort Lyon and Las Animas were quite the troopers, trudging through the deep snow and laying the wreaths. Luckily, several volunteers worked on Friday to put a two foot flag on all the graves that received wreaths, thus making the work much easier on Sunday with all the snow as the flags were barely sticking out of the snow.

Volunteers did the best they could under the circumstances and their dedication is very much appreciated. Over 400 wreaths were sold by three organizations - the Seed and Supply Church, the VFW Post #2411 and the VFW Auxiliary. Many thanks to all those who purchased wreaths. They looked very beautiful laying on the snow in honor of the veterans who have served our country.

This year marked the 19th anniversary of Wreaths Across America locally. Similar celebrations took place at hundreds of sites nationwide and overseas in continuing a 24-year tradition of honoring fallen American veterans. Organized locally by the Las Animas Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary #2411, the program has grown significantly from seven free wreaths placed in 2006 to over 300 in 2011, and over 600 in 2012 and 2013.

Wreaths for the ceremony were provided by the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine.