|Memorial Day Service is scheduled to start 10 am Monday, May 25 at Sugar Land Memorial Park 15300 University Blvd @ Southwest Frwy|
Sugar Land, TX – The City of Sugar Land is the official sponsor this year for the Memorial Day Ceremony "Fort Bend Salutes America" to honor those who have shown bravery while serving our country and Fort Bend families that paid the ultimate sacrifice for America's freedom. All Fort Bend area families are encouraged to participate in this celebration.
"This SIXTH Fort Bend Salutes America service will begin 10 am at Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd which is just off US 59 on the Brazos River Banks when VFW, American Legion, Rotary and Exchange members from throughout Fort Bend join local Boy and Girl Scouts distribute American flags to welcome families from all Fort Bend to this Fort Bend tradition," said Fort Bend Salutes America Chair Fort Bend Constable Troy Nehls.
"It was following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 I realized there was no county wide Memorial Day service that I said this tradition needed to begin for the families of Fort Bend County that have sacrificed for our country and all Fort Bend families. We have worked hard consistently to grow Fort Bend Salutes America with Fort Bend County, to make it better and more inclusive every year and this year we want to thank the City of Sugar Land for hosting Fort Bend Salutes America," Nehls said.
The ceremony - will include benedictions by many local religious leaders, 21 gun-salutes, a presentation of by veterans organizations' color guards and tributes, the Sugar Land Fire Department bagpipes, live patriotic music by the Daystar Project Band, a parade of flags, wreath-laying ceremony by local Boy and Girl Scout troops, Gold Star survivor families from all Fort Bend will be honored. Local public school children will speak on the importance of patriotic service.
Covered seating, cold drinks and and a variety of foods will be available as well as activities for children.
In addition to the ceremony, educational and commemorative activities will fill the park, including an armed forces artifact exhibition where families will have an opportunity to learn about various histories of different battles in America's fight for freedom and struggles for peace, a static display of military vehicles, a military jet flyover.
Patriotic pre-postage postcards will be available at the event for attendees to express gratitude to current soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, coast guardsman, national guardsman or veterans of their choice stationed across the world. As a token of appreciation from the City, silk flowers that will be originally showcased as a U.S. flag will be distributed as a lasting memory for families in attendance.
"I don't need to tell you our country is stil at war fighting terrorism across the globe.Many communities across our country will join us holding Memorial Day services. Some will join us in paying tribute to local heroes that gave their life to defend our interests this past year in "Operation Iraqi Freedom" or "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Afghanistan.We must not forget those from here that serve or have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or that serve us everyday in police, fire and medical services," said Nehls who has been deployed to Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan with the US Army.
Please RSVP to this email address. For more information or to contribute to this event please call Troy Nehls at 713/419-5994.