Community comes together to remember the fallen at Houston National Cemetery
Houston, Texas (May 29, 2018) – It was a beautiful and warm Monday morning as hundreds of veterans, families, and citizens gathered to honor the memory of the fallen who served our great nation.
“Each year the 22nd District makes it a point to represent the American Legion at the annual Memorial Day event held at the Houston National Cemetery,” said Marine Colonel Jimmy Mitchell, 22nd District Commander, accompanied by his Sergeant at Arms from American Legion Post #77, “We are honored to participate with the other military organizations who attended and presented wreaths as well. It is always a blessing to see so many people attend each year and treat this ceremony with the pomp and circumstance it deserves.”
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Speakers and presenters: Summerwood Elementary Shining Stars Children’s Choir, Cannon Salute by Sons of the Confederate Veterans and Sons of the Union Veterans, Officers Post Eldred H. Moye, Sr. (Senior Chief Petty Officer (Ret.)), Presentation of Colors and Joint Services Banners by North Forest Navy JROTC, Welcome/Introduction of Master of Ceremonies Roy Luera, (Director of Houston National Cemetery), Master of Ceremonies Buddy Grantham, National Anthem Sonya Benjamin, Pledge of Allegiance by Buddy Grantham, Invocation by Reverend David Welch (Lead Pastor Bear Creek Baptist), Proclamation by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Parade of Remembrance by attending wreath presenters, POW/MIA Ceremony by Carmen Gonzalez, Memorial Day Prayer by Reverend David Welch, “Amazing Grace” on bagpipe by Ian Martin (Houston Highlander Pipe Band), United States Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter fly-over, Keynote Speaker Lieutenant General Steven A. Hummer (United States Marine Corps retired), Benediction by Reverend David Welch, Rifle Salute by Houston Honor Guard, Company A 13th U.S. Infantry and 15th Texas Infantry (Confederate), Taps by Brian Frederick, Canon Salute, and Final Remarks by Buddy Grantham.
American Legion Post #77 meets every 3rd Thursday of the month between 6pm to 8pm at the Bayland Community Center located at 6400 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77074.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service-members and veterans.
You may find out more about the Department of Texas American Legion by visiting: http://txlegion.org