A few Memorial Day ceremonies are planned around our area. Thousands are expected to attend today's events honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Organizers suggest arriving early. Here is a complete list of ceremonies in and around Houston today.
VA NATIONAL CEMETERY
A crowd of three-thousand or more is expected to attend next Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at the Houston VA National Cemetery. Matt Williams is director of the second-largest national cemetery in the U.S. He says the ceremony is emotional for many people.
“It makes you feel proud, but also you're somber,” Williams says. “You're remembering why we have the freedoms we have, the people that sacrificed for us to have those freedoms.”
Activities start at 9:30 a.m. Williams suggests you get therer early at the 419-acre site in northwest Houston.
“The earlier they arrive, the better,” he says. “We usually have a large crowd over three-thousand people. There is parking within the cemetery, but the sooner you get here, the better.”
Sugar Land's 6th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony is set for May 26 beginning at 10 a.m. There will be many attractions including a presentation of colors, pledge of allegiance, the singing of the National Anthem, and many more. Public parking will be available at the University of Houston Sugar Land at 14000 University Blvd., where a free shuttle service will run between the campus parking lot and Sugar Land Memorial Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Limited handicap parking will be available at the park.
The city of League City is partnering with American Legion Post 554 for a Memorial Day Ceremony and Official Texas Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. on May 26 at the Fairview Cemetery at 901 N. Kansas
A Memorial Day ceremony will be held on May 26 at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial adjacent to Friendswood City Hall at 910 S. Friendswood Dr. All local veterans are invited to attend and join the mayor for a group photo at the close of the ceremony. Some seating will be provided, but lawn chairs are welcomed at the event. For additional information call the City of Friendswood Community Services Department at (281) 996-3220.
WEST HOUSTON AT REFLECTION LAKE
Join hundreds of Houston veterans, families, and individuals on May 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Reflection Lake in Memorial Oaks Cemetery for "A Tribute to Heroes and Freedom," a west Houston Memorial Day commemoration. Special events during the hour-long ceremony include music, armed forces tributes and a fly-over by the CAF Ghost Squadron. Shuttled parking, tented seating, and light refreshments will be provided. The address for Eastern Cove of Reflection Lake is 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX, 77079.
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