Veterans Day Observances at Historic Fairview Cemetery

On Friday, November 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Historic Fairview Cemetery will hold Veterans Day observances at the American Legion #2 burial area in the cemetery, located at 700 Yale Blvd. SE in Albuquerque. The program will include an important announcement about improvements to the cemetery! Representatives from the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, Bernalillo County, the American Legion, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Historic Fairview Cemetery will speak.

Following the observances, visitors are welcome to walk around the cemetery to the burial sites for notable veterans at Historic Fairview Cemetery. A QR code on the program will direct those with smart phones to an online tour with the veterans’ stories. Those featured on the tour include:

  • Governor Edmund G. Ross, who served a Civil War officer from Kansas, later U.S. Senator from Kansas and Territorial Governor in New Mexico;
  • James Lawrence “Santiago” Hubbell, a lieutenant who served with General Stephen Watts Kearny in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War as well as commander of “Hubbell’s Cavalry Company,” Union volunteers during the Civil War;
  • Francisco Perea, U.S. Territorial Delegate and Union Regimental Lieutenant Colonel, leader of “Perea’s Battalion” in New Mexico.
  • Oscar Warner and Henry Winstead, both Buffalo Soldiers who served in the late 1800s-early 1900s;
  • Charles E. Passmore, personal bodyguard for General Frederick Funston in the Spanish American War;
  • Chaplain Ted Howden Jr., who survived the Bataan Death March and died in the Davao Penal Colony in the Philippines, reinterred in the family plot after WWII;
  • Thornton Taylor, who commanded the first African-American American Legion Post #95 in Albuquerque and served in the U.S. Army for 30 years, retiring as a chief warrant officer.

The event is free. Donations to support the Historic Fairview Cemetery nonprofit organization are welcome. Cemetery T-shirts will be available for $20.

How to find us in the cemetery: At 700 Yale Blvd. SE, enter through the gates of Fairview Memorial Park, near the intersection with Caesar Chavez Blvd. Drive straight ahead toward the cemetery office. At the intersection, turn left and head north into Historic Fairview Cemetery. We will be parking inside the Historic Fairview Cemetery.  It’s just to the left of the wall that says Congregation Albert Cemetery.

Express your interest in attending by RSVPing through this Meetup event or the HFC Facebook event. For questions, call HFC President Gail Rubin at 505-265-7215.