Memorial Day Service at Houston VA National Cemetery
Keynote speaker will be Governor Rick Perry
HOUSTON - A special Memorial Day Service will be held on Monday, May 31, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at the Houston VA National Cemetery, located at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive.
This year, the Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce Governor Rick Perry will give the Memorial Day address. A fifth generation Texan, Perry has taken an extraordinary Texas journey, from a tenant farm in the rolling West Texas plains to the governor’s office of our nation’s second largest state. Texas’ 47th governor, and the first Texas A&M graduate to occupy the Governor’s Mansion, Perry has led a life of public service, starting in the United States Air Force and continuing over two decades in elected office. His political career started in 1985 as a representative for a rural West Texas district in the state House of Representatives. He was first elected to statewide office in 1990, and served as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture for two terms. Perry hails from Paint Creek, a small farming community north of Abilene. His father served as a Haskell County Commissioner, school board member, and a World War II tail gunner. Between 1972 and 1977, Perry served in the United States Air Force flying C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. He first met Anita Thigpen at a piano recital during their elementary school years. They married in 1982 and are the proud parents of two grown children - Griffin and Sydney.
In addition to Perry’s remarks, the event will feature a parade of colors and wreaths by numerous local veterans’ organizations, ROTC units, and Boy and Girl Scout troops. All Boy and Girl Scout organizations in southeast Texas are invited to attend.
There will also be many symbolic highlights including a flyover by the U.S. Coast Guard; a performance of Taps; a cannon salute; a riderless horse procession by the Houston Police Mounted Patrol; Amazing Grace performed by the Houston Highlander Pipe Band; a white dove release; and a rifle salute by the VFW District #4 Ceremonial Detail accompanied by Co. A 13th U.S. Regular Infantry with muskets. Medal of Honor recipient David McNerney will lead the pledge of allegiance with Peggy Slay, president of the Houston Gold Star Mothers.
The Memorial Day Service, honoring deceased United States servicemen and women, is free and open to the public.