On Saturday, Aug. 15, several members of the James Tull Chapter, NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) met to place new markers on veteran graves at Humble Cemetery.
While this group is not officially connected with the Humble Cemetery, DAR members are huge fans of history and preserving things from the past. Group members knew that remembering and memorializing these heroes is both a duty and responsibility.
The chapter was instrumental in getting a Texas historical marker placed at the cemetery. In 2019, while surfing on the internet one day, Connie Grubbs, 2017 Regent (president) for the chapter, had an idea to ensure the veterans of the community would be celebrated in a more visible way.
“I wanted to be able to add markers with flags so that they would be less likely to end up wet on the ground or destroyed by mowers and so that the individuals could stand out and be honored,” she said.
Grubbs took her idea to Sharon Taylor, the current regent, to gain agreement and approval to purchase new markers which would allow people to better recognize these veterans - no matter the branch of service or wars they served.
Grubbs added, “The markers were approved and purchased with funds from the Humble Cemetery Historic Preservation account. The flags that have been used in the past, although nice, they were small, would fall over, and get easily ruined. The new markers purchased by our board are 6 inches in diameter and they can hold a larger flag. The positioning allows the flag to fit in the top, so as to keep them off the ground and away from the weather. These markers are 6 inches in diameter and hold a larger flag that fits in the top for maximized visibility.”
The chapter has had a longtime interest in historic preservation. Together the members have cleaned almost all the headstones, except those that are not stable, and they have been able to reset five of the smaller headstones to date. They work diligently around the weather, condition of the ground and the ability to sustain and be outside in the current heat.
“We are a small chapter, but we are involved in several activities. Our chapter has made and delivered over 600 masks to people and places that need them and we are still making them. We collect school supplies in the fall for schools in the Humble area and we give them to the schools in January when their supplies get low,” Grubbs proudly proclaimed.
“This chapter continues to work hard for and within the community. Some of the other ways this chapter gives back is by working at the Bush Intercontinental Airport USO, giving to our police officers and firemen on Sept. 11, communicating awareness at Good Oil Days and more. Many of the donations we receive have been put to use in restoration projects a Humble Cemetery,” added Taylor.