The James Tull Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Humble, has been working on cleaning, resetting and restoring the Humble Cemetery for the last four and a half years.
This cemetery is classified as a historic cemetery with the state of Texas. The chapter wants to honor and show respect to our ancestors by returning the cemetery to its original condition.
There are 22 veterans from various wars buried there. Passersby may have noticed flags displayed by their headstones while driving by the cemetery. A recent addition to the flags was a medallion stating “U.S. Veteran” by the headstones. These were included so the American flag no longer sits on the ground; they are now displayed in the top of this medallion. The flags are left out all year long as a sign of respect for their service.
As a chapter, progress has been made but they need help. They are staring a new program called “Adopt a Headstone.” Those with relatives interred in this cemetery who would like to help can “adopt” a headstone and contribute financially toward the cost of repairing and resetting that headstone. Those who don’t have relatives there but would like to help with the mission can make a donation toward the total cost.
As with everything, COVID put a halt to the work for more than a year but the ladies are hard at work again. They had cleaned all the headstones two years ago and are in the process of cleaning the ones that need it again. They have reset 11 headstones so far this year, making a total of 16 in all. A professional company will be hired to repair and reset the larger headstones; the DAR does not have the equipment needed to do the job. This is quite costly and why the new program is bring initiated.