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Fairmount seeks help in placing flags

Post Date:10/25/2018 6:52 AM

Friends of Fairmount Cemetery is seeking the public’s help in placing more than 1,400 American flags on the graves of veterans buried in the cemetery at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in advance of Veterans Day. 

The cemetery, located at 1120 W. Avenue N, will host its traditional Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. The public is invited. Mike Boyd, a retired colonel in the Texas Army National Guard who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, will be the keynote speaker. Boyd is also the retired president of First Financial Bank in San Angelo and was named San Angelo’s Citizen of the Year in 2016. 

Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. It is observed each year on Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I. 

Established in 1893, Fairmount Cemetery is the final resting place for veterans of the Battle of San Jacinto, the Mexican War, the Indian Wars, the Civil War, both world wars, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Several buffalo soldiers who served at Fort Concho are also buried at Fairmount, a designated Texas Historic Cemetery. 

Friends of Fairmount Cemetery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the enhancement and beautification of the 57-acre cemetery. 

For more information about helping place flags on Nov. 4, call Friends of Fairmount board member Martha Visney at 325-374-7422.

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