|Memorial Day celebrations dot the weekend calendar in Fort Bend with live concerts, solemn services and patriotic speeches.|
Fulshear will be the site of Fort Bend County’s Memorial Day Celebration. The festivities will be held on Second Street in downtown Fulshear and kick off when the Fort Bend Salutes America Band takes the stage at 9:30 a.m.
Six Gold Star Families, Fort Bend County families that have lost loved ones in combat, will be presented with a flag and flowers as a thank-you for the service of their loved ones.
Also lined up as part of the festivities are a 21-gun salute, and an address from keynote speaker Col. Roger Donlon, who was the first Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War.
Donlon was awarded the medal Dec. 5, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson after defending the small outpost of Nam Dong, located 15 miles from Laos, despite the fact that he sustained multiple wounds and his company was outnumbered 350-12. Donlon also became the first Vietnam War veteran to receive The American Legion’s Distinguished Service Medal in 1966 for his role in the battle.
During the singing of “God Bless America,” those in attendance can participate in the unfurling and holding of a 100 foot flag.
Other notable Memorial Day celebrations in Fort Bend County:
American Legion Posts 567 and 271, in conjunction with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3903, are holding a “Buddy Poppy Drive” Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon across many Rosenberg and Richmond locations, including Kroger, Cracker Barrel and Ace Hardware. Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales Jr. has proclaimed May 24 and May 25 “Buddy Poppy Days.” On Memorial Day the remembrance continues with a memorial service at the 1909 Fort Bend County Court House in Richmond starting at 9 a.m. with a brunch to follow at the VFW Bingo Hall in Rosenberg. The event is open to the public.
George Ranch Historical Park will be holding a Memorial Day remembrance on Saturday and Monday. Attendees can get a glimpse of the life of a solider and attend a picnic lunch at the Davis Mansion from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on both days. Cost for the meal is $13.50 for Adults 13 and older, $10 for children ages 5-12 and $4 for children 4 and under.
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