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Galveston Memorial Day Weekend 2007
Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau
News Release
Friday, May 25, 2007

Memorial Weekend - it's Friday before noon and the beachfront is already packed. Not a parking place in site and beachgoers are comfortably lounging under umbrellas. The weekend is starting off strong for Galveston Island.

Memorial Day Rod Run and Classic Car Show
Date: May 26, 2007
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Parade from Moody Gardens to Historic Strand starting at 10:30 AM
Route: Moody Gardens - 83rd St. to Seawall Blvd. - left - Seawall Blvd. to Broadway (6th St.)
Broadway to 20th St. - right to Strand. Cars will park on the north side of Strand 21st - 25th and
2 side streets. On exhibit until 3 PM.
 
For more information: entry 713-561-8047 
 
Fee: No fee to enter or attend.
 
Description: Rev your engines, grab your travlin’ buddy and cruise from Moody Gardens to the Historic Strand District for this annual car show that allows the classic cars of yesteryear to show that nothing competes with the old-fashioned muscle car. More than 150 cars are registered to date.    
 
Gulf Coast Volleyball Association Ocean Potion “Memorial Madness” Tournament
Date: May 26-27, 2007
Time: Check-in before 8:15am
Location: Stewart Beach
Parking: $8.00
For more information: www.gcva.net; 832-928-4120
 
Description: Top players in the state will compete including Olympian athletes. Drawings, give-a-ways, etc. T-Shirts For first 50 Players who check in at the beach.  GCVA Beach Volleyball Tournament Divisions:
Men's 2’s Open/AA, A, BB,
Women's 2’s AA, A
Junior 2’s 18<, 15<
Coed 2’s Open/AA, BB, B/Jr
GIRLS Junior 2’s 16< 
 

Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans 
   
GALVESTON ISLAND, TX. – The Cavalla Historical Foundation and the Park Board of Trustees will commemorate Memorial Day with a traditional military ceremony, Monday, May 28, 10 AM, at Seawolf Park. 
           
Memorial Day, originally held on May 30, 1868, was known as Decoration Day, and was widely observed to honor the nation’s Civil War soldiers. By the late 1800’s communities across the nation began to honor those who had died in all of America’s wars and thus was declared by Congress in 1971, a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May. A fitting location for the dedication ceremony is Seawolf Park’s Memorial Plaza, which is dedicated in the memory of those who served and sacrificed for America’s freedom.   
           
Located on Pelican Island via 51st Street, Seawolf Park once served as an immigration site from which many European families, of which some descendants still reside on Galveston Island, entered the United States in hopes of finding a prosperous new life. Now the site of one of the most significant military displays on the Gulf Coast that includes a World War II submarine, USS Cavalla, a destroyer escort, USS Stewart, and other military hardware that are on display and open for tours, the park is open daily  to the general public. The military portion of Seawolf Park has been maintained over the years by a dedicated group of volunteers who founded, and are members of, the Cavalla
Historical  Foundation.  A family destination operated by the park Board of Trustees, Seawolf Park provides an unparalleled panoramic view of the Galveston Ship Channel and consists of a two story pavilion, playground, picnic sites and fishing pier.    
           
The Memorial Day ceremony will be presented in true military tradition, and all branches of the United States military will participate. Master of Ceremony and keynote speaker will be Grady Harrison, President, Cavalla Historical Foundation, national anthem will be sung by Elaine Frickey, invocation and closing prayer offered  by LTC Sylvester Ballard, U.S. Army Chaplain, 1st Brigade 75th Division, United States Marine Color Guard, Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas will offer the opening remarks and speakers will be LTC Toimu A. Reeves, United States Army, Commanding Officer Houston Battalion, CMDCM (SS) Kirk D. Crawley, United States Navy,  and 1st Sgt. Alfredo Franco, United States Marine Corp. 
           
A Tolling of Boats will be offered by the United States Submarine Veterans of World War II, San Jacinto Chapter, Wreath Laying from the United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue Helicopter, Helos, and a 21 Gun Salute by the United States Marine Corp.  
           
The public is invited to attend the free event. Military uniforms are encouraged. Limited seating is available for the Memorial Day ceremony and parking and tours of the military displays are free for those arriving  9 – 10:30 AM. For additional information call (409) 770-3196.
 
Season Beach Parking Passes are available at all beach parks. $25 unlimited parking for the season.
 
Funds go to beach clean-up and beach renourishment.  





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