There will be a Memorial Day service held on Monday, May 27, to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Governor Rick Perry will give the Memorial Day Address.
The keynote address will be delivered by Texas Air National Guard Commander, Colonel Kurt L. Leslie. Leslie serves as the 147th Maintenance Group Commander, 147th Reconnaissance Wing, Texas Air National Guard, at Ellington Joint Reserve Base, in Houston. He was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and again in 2007. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson will also be a guest speaker. His father and grandfather are buried at the cemetery. His father fought in the US Army Air Corps in World War II and Korea. High grandfather fought for the US Navy in World War I and the US Army in World War II.
A parade of colors and wreaths will be presented by several local Veteran’s organizations, ROTC units, and Boy and Girl Scout Troops.
The US Coast Guard will provide a flyover. Ian Martin will sing Amazing Grace. The Veterans of Foreign Wars District 4 will offer a rifle salute. Peggy Slay, President of the Houston Gold Star Mothers, will lead the pledge of allegiance.
The ceremony begins at 9:30 am at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive and is open to the public.
Harris County Precinct Three Commissioner Steve Radack’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at the Harris County War Memorial in Bear Creek Pioneers Park. It is from 2 to 3 pm. This year’s guest is Colonel Leonard Waterworth, executive Director of the Port of Houston Authority. The ceremony will include a presentation of colors, patriotic songs, a wreath ceremony, a 21-gun salute, and military exhibition drills.