Veterans flag planting effort at Fairmount Cemetery

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Friends of Fairmount announce additional event for Veterans Day

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Fairmount Cemetery saw a massive volunteer effort to plant flags on veterans graves as part of broader Veterans Day celebrations in San Angelo. Fairmount is a 120-year-old cemetery and is the final resting place for roughly 1,600 veterans. These service men and women range from those who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto for the Republic of Texas, up through modern military service in recent years.

Organizers say the flag planting event has seen growth over the past few years. “For the last few years the number of volunteers has been increasing every year,” said Charles Westbrook with the Friends of Fairmount Cemetery, organizers of the event. “I quit counting at about 100 people a little bit earlier so I suspect we’re up to close to 200 people here today. It’s a great turn out.”

Coming up on Veterans Day proper, Wednesday, November 11, Friends of Fairmount will be holding a ceremony with speakers open to the public.

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Name Branch Date of Service
Anderson, Felix USA 1968-71
Auten, Jimmie USAF 1960-82
Baker, Kenneth USAF 1960-68
Banda, Frank USA 1968-71
Banda, Juan USA 1973-76
Barnhart, Beverly USA 1970-76
Beasley, Stanley USN 1965-69
Bowers, Christopher USA 1970
Bradshaw, Steve USA 1968-74
Calhoun, Daniel USN 1974-78
Castillo, Josue USA 1969-71
Christopher, Benjamin USAF 1959-64
Denton, Clifford USA 1969-71
Denton, Douglas USA 1967-69
Drennan, Wayland J USA 1964-66
Dula, Pat USN 1966-68
Flage, Gary USAF 1964-68
Garcia, Alfredo USA 1966-69
Gray, Jane Civ (blank)
Holloway, Micheal USN 1966-68
Julia, Frederick USA 1966-88
Kelley, Larry USA 1968-70
Koehn, Ferd USA 1969-72
Lee, Dennis USN 1967-76
Lewis, David USN 1970-74
Lisewsky, Felix USAF 1958-80
Magil, Larry USA 1970-72
Maples, Louis USAF 1969-76
Martinez, Fernando USMC 1973-79
Martinez, Johnny USA 1968-69
Miers, Gene USN 1970-93
Miers, Robert USN 1969-73
Miller, Lawrence USAF 1967-97
Miloni, Joseph USMC 1947-74
Olson, Phillip USA 1960-80
Reed, Russell (Earl) USN 1968-72
Renfroe, Jack USA 1972-74
Ruckelshausen, Donald USAF 1966-82
Saladin, Patrick USAF 1960-87
Snowden, Sammie USA 1971-90
Spears, Ronald USA 1971-81
Stovall, Phillip II USA 1971-77

We would like to thank the following for their help in making this parade possible:

NameThanks for:Description
All Veterans Council of Tom Green CountyOrganization and Direction of the ParadeThe All Veterans Council is an all volunteer organization; made up of leadership of Veteran Service Organizations, Active Duty Military, Surviving Spouses, Active duty spouses and community volunteers. They serve as the single point of contact between all Veterans Service Organizations to honor and assist our Tom Green County veteran population.
Veteran Service OrganizationsServing Veterans in our Community
   Vietnam Veterans Association 457
   Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1815
   American Legion Post 572
   Disabled American Veterans 237
   Fleet Reserve Association Branch 295
   EC47 Historical Association
   Heritage Chapter - Freedom Through Vigilance Association
   Concho Valley Women's Veterans Association
   Military Veteran Peer Network
   Combat Veteran Motorcycle Assoc. TX 23-12
   WoVeN: Womens Veteran Network
   Team Red White and Blue
   And so many others
City of San AngeloAlways supporting the Parade effortThis year has been an exceptional challenge; and the City has diligently worked with the AVC to ensure the parade continues.
All American ChevroletProviding vehicles for VIPs and DignitariesAll American Chevrolet has provdied parade vehicles for many years.
Tops SepticProviding Porta Potties for parade participantsThis is the second year that Tops Septic has provided Porta Potties for the parade.
Workforce Solutions of the Concho ValleyProviding volunteers to drive VIPsThe staff of Workforce Solutions lends support throughout our community, year round. They especially step up to assist with this Parade.
Concho Valley TransitProviding busses for Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Surviving Spouses.
San Angelo ReactProviding additional ground support
Sunbelt Oil and GasProviding a lift for Camera shots

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