Columbine Chapter, NSDAR Unveils Monument to Victims of 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

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COLUMBINE CHAPTER, NSDAR and the Fairmount Heritage Foundation will commemorate victims of the 1918-1919 Spanish Influenza with a Memorial placed in their honor on June 8, 2019 at 10:00am, at the Fairmount Cemetery.

In September of 1918, Blanche Kennedy, the first of nearly 1500 Spanish Influenza victims in Denver and nearly 7800 across the state of Colorado, was buried at Fairmount Cemetery in a family plot in Block 39, Lot 6. After that date, many other victims of the Influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 were laid to rest at Fairmount Cemetery in individual gravesites, both with and without headstones.

Columbine Chapter, in cooperation with the Fairmount Heritage Foundation, are pleased to announce that we have installed a memorial marker in block 85 at Fairmount Cemetery. We believe it to be the perfect place to locate a monument to commemorate and honor those individuals lost to the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 and buried at Fairmount Cemetery. The memorial garden in block 85 is a lovely area of the Cemetery, with gazebo, benches, heritage rose bushes, and quiet space sufficient to contemplate the many individuals buried within the Cemetery’s 280-acre boundary since 1890, the date the Cemetery was founded. Block 85 memorial garden is located directly adjacent to block 84 where many Spanish Flu victims are buried in unmarked graves in Lots 3, 11 and 12.

The last of these pandemic victims died in June 1919 and it is these individuals that Columbine Chapter, NSDAR will honor on June 8, 2019 at 10am, with our memorial marker in block 85 of the Cemetery. An RSVP is required if you will attend. Please send an email to the Columbine Chapter Historian, at wynnes@IX.NETCOM.COM.

Event Date
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Event time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Columbine Chapter


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