|Fort Bend County, TX – "Fort Bend Salutes America" to honor those who have sacrificed while serving our country and their families that paid an ultimate sacrifice for America's freedom is being held this Monday, May 30. All area families are asked to participate in this annual community wide observance.|
"This EIGHTH Fort Bend Salutes America service will begin 10 am at Harris and 7th with Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Rotary and Exchange Club members from throughout the region joining local Boy and Girl Scouts distributing American flags to welcome families from all the area to this annual Fort Bend tradition," said Fort Bend Salutes America Chairman and 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 area 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 especially to invite those that have been with us before and those have not to join with us for Fort Bend Salutes America," Nehls said.
The ceremony - will include benedictions by local religious leaders, 21 gun-salutes, a presentation of by veterans organizations' color guards and tributes, fire department bagpipes, live patriotic music by Daystar Project Band, a Vietnam War refugee Danny Nguyen that was recently elected to Missouri City Council will sing our Star Spangled Banner National Anthem, a parade of flags, wreath-laying ceremony by local Boy and Girl Scout troops, Gold Star survivor families from all the area will be honored. Local public school children will speak on the 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 many different battles in America's fight for freedom and struggles for peace, a static display of military vehicles, a military jet flyover.
"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 please call Troy Nehls at 713/419-5994.