Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
Memorial Day Ceremony at Houston National Cemetery
A Memorial Day Ceremony honoring deceased United States servicemen and women will be held on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at the Houston VA National Cemetery located at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas, 77038. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
This year, the Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce that Lt. Gen. Steven A. Hummer (Retired), will give the Memorial Day address. Hummer retired from the US Marine Corps in 2015 after 41 years of active service. Lieutenant General Hummer currently serves as a Senior Fellow to National Defense University, providing guidance, training and education. He also works with Veteran Service Organizations in Houston and the surrounding counties.
In addition to Hummers remarks, the event will feature a fly-over by a USCG Rescue Helicopter crew, parade of colors and wreaths by numerous local Veterans’ and community organizations.
There will also be many symbolic highlights including a performance of Taps and 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.