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2009 Memorial Day
Houston National Cemetery Memorial Day
by Jim Guidry
Monday, May 25, 2009

Houston National Cemetery was packed  for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony, this year entitled "...Freedom isn't free."

Jorge Lopez, a veteran of the United States Army and the director of the Houston National Cemetery, introduced the master of ceremonies, KPRC Local 2 Anchor Bill Balleza, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, who introduced the honored guests. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

Houston Mayor Bill White brought a proclamation from City Hall. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

Members of Congress, including Gene Green, John Culberson, Al Green and Ted Poe; and Rosylyn Brooks, representing Congress Member Sheila Jackson Lee, made remarks. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

The special guest speaker was Major General, U.S. Army Retired, Charles W. "Bill" McClain, Jr. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

Ashley Driver of Spring Wood United Methodist Church sang "America the Beautiful". Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

Josh Flynn, a USMC veteran, choir director of the Living Word Church of the Nazarene, sang "Here in America". Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

The program concluded with a Rifle Salute by the VFW District 4 Ceremonial Detail Co. A 13th U.S. Regular Infantry and a performace of Echo Taps by Sergeant Mark Collado, a Marine veteran, and Sergeant Josey M. Johnson, III with the Texas State Guard. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

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