Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
Memorial Day Service at Houston National Cemetery
|WHAT:||Memorial Day Service, honoring deceased United States servicemen and women, is free and open to the public.|
|WHEN:||Monday, May 29, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.|
|WHERE:|| Houston VA National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77038
This year, the Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce that Master Sgt. (Ret.) Allan Thomas Perkins, will give the Memorial Day address. Perkins completed 25 years of honorable service in Sept., 1991. In Vietnam, he served as a combat flight engineer with the 483rd Tactical Airlift Wing in Cam Ranh Bay. Perkins also served 22 years as a search and rescue officer and unit commander with the Civil Air Patrol, retiring in 2007 as a Lt. Col.
In addition to Perkins remarks, the event will feature a fly-over by a USCG Rescue Helicopter crew, parade of colors and wreaths by numerous local Veterans’ organizations, ROTC units, and Boy and Girl Scout troops. All Boy and Girl Scout organizations in southeast Texas are invited to attend.
There will also be many symbolic highlights including a performance of Taps; a cannon salute. Guests who wish to visit gravesites are encouraged to arrive prior to 8:00 a.m. or after 1:00 p.m. following the Memorial Day service.
The Houston VA National Cemetery is the second largest national cemetery in the region, encompassing some 419 acres of a former dairy farm in northwest Houston. The cemetery's focal point and the site of all special observances is the horseshoe-shaped building at its center known as the Hemicycle. This exposed aggregate structure contains a chapel and a 75-foot bell tower and encloses a courtyard that can accommodate as many as 5,000 people. All veterans with general or better discharges, their spouses, and dependent children are eligible for burial in a national cemetery. Eligible veterans may receive a VA grave marker or headstone even if they are not buried in a national cemetery.