Help sought in planting American flags
Friends of Fairmount Cemetery is seeking the community’s assistance in placing more than 1,400 American flags on the graves of veterans buried in the cemetery at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in advance of Veterans Day.
The cemetery, located at 1120 W. Avenue N, will not host its traditional Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11, because of scheduling conflicts with many other planned local observances.
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.
“We would greatly appreciate your participation to honor those who have served their country so honorably,” said Martha Visney, a Friends of Fairmount board member.
For more information about helping place flags on Nov. 5, call Visney at 325-374-7422.
Fairmount Cemetery now has niches available for purchase in the new columbarium.
The columbarium offers a 12-inch-by-12-niche that holds one or two sets of cremains for $2,400. An 8-inch-by-8-inch niche costs $1,800 if used for two sets of cremains or $1,200 if used for one.
The larger size is limited to 32 units. There are 430 niches available of the smaller size.
Sale of pavers to enhance cemetery
The Friends of Fairmount are selling engraved pavers in an effort to beautify the columbaria for ashen remains that is under construction at the historic cemetery.
Under the group’s Legacy Lane Enhancement Campaign, 6-by-6-inch pavers are available for $100 each, 6-by-9-inch pavers for $200 and 12-by-12-inch pavers for $500. The stones may be engraved with a name or special message.
Order forms are available at FriendsofFairmount.org. Completed forms should be mailed to Friends of Fairmount, P.O. Box 3522, San Angelo, TX 76902.
Fairmount Cemetery’s primary mission is to maintain and support its 57 acres in accordance with Texas state laws governing perpetual care cemeteries. In addition, Fairmount provides services and assistance to the public and funeral homes, as well as genealogy information to interested parties. The cemetery is also responsible for keeping accurate burial, deed and related documentation.
500-plus spaces available
Burial space purchasing options
A. Spaces cost $2,500 each, including perpetual care.
B. Perpetual care of $500 is put in a trust account at First Financial Bank for the lifetime upkeep of the space.
C. There are two ways to purchase spaces at Fairmount Cemetery:
1.) Full payment at purchase.
2.) Or you can pay for the space or spaces on contract for one to four years. You would pay 10 percent down, and the monthly payment would depend on how many years you wanted to pay the contract off. There is a 10-percent interest on the paid principal balance per year, which figures to 0.8333 percent per month.
D. Once the space or spaces have been paid in full, you will be issued a deed that is signed by the mayor of the City of San Angelo.
E. If a death occurs while paying off space, the space must be paid for in full before the service can be held.
F. The only other charge to the cemetery is a $100 marker survey fee, which is payable at the time of the funeral if a marker has not already been placed. The veteran marker survey fee is $25. This is paid at the Cemetery office either by the family or the monument company setting the marker.