Volunteer Opportunities on National Day of Service - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Volunteer Opportunities on National Day of Service

Houston National Cemetery

Houston National Cemetery

Monday, July 29, 2019
Houston National Cemetery and “Carry The Load” Offers Meaningful Volunteer Opportunities on National Day of Service & Remembrance

 WHAT:   Volunteers unite in service to our country by helping beautify the grounds of the Houston National Cemetery and clean headstones.
 WHO: All community members are invited to volunteer. Interested persons may sign up at website: www.carrytheload.org
 WHEN: Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 WHERE:  Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77038

BACKGROUND:
 
The Houston National Cemetery and “Carry The Load,” a proud partner of the National Cemetery Administration, invite all community members to spend this special day beautifying the grounds and cleaning headstones belonging to our nation’s heroes.
 
Founded by former U.S. Navy SEALs Clint Bruce and Stephen Holley, Carry The Load is a non-profit organization that provides active ways to connect Americans to the sacrifices made daily by our nation’s military, veterans, first responders, and their families.
 
Dedicated on December 7, 1965, the Houston VA National Cemetery encompasses some 419 acres of a former dairy farm in northwest Houston. Houston became a national cemetery in 1973 after the passage of the National Cemetery Act. The cemetery's focal point and the site of all special observances is the horseshoe-shaped building at its center known as the Hemicycle. The most visible structure on the landscape, it is the only VA National Cemetery Administration-managed hemicycle memorial and is one of only three known hemicycles located in national cemeteries.
 
Burial in a VA national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces and veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements, as applicable by law and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty under certain circumstances or who die while on training duty are also eligible for burial, as are service members and former service members who were eligible for retired pay at the time of their death. Spouses, minor children and, under certain conditions, dependent unmarried adult children are also eligible for burial even if they predecease the veteran. For more information, call 800-535-1117 or visit www.cem.va.gov.

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