Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony at Houston VA National Cemetery honors the fallen
On Memorial Day, we honor those who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces.
A wreath-laying ceremony at the Houston VA National Cemetery this morning—open to media only due to the coronavirus pandemic—took the place of a public Memorial Day program and included a moment of silence and the playing of “Taps.”
“This year, by necessity, will be different from past Memorial Day observances,” said Roy Luera, Houston VA National Cemetery director, in a statement released before the ceremony. “While we cannot hold a large Memorial Day program as was typical in years past, we will still honor veterans and service members with the dignity and respect they have earned through their service and sacrifice.”
The Houston VA National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., will be open on Memorial Day from dawn to dusk for public visitation. Families are welcome to maintain the tradition of placing flowers and small American flags at their veteran’s gravesite. All visitors are expected to adhere to health and safety guidelines and maintain physical distancing.
The VA also offers the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) website. Launched in 2019, the site contains a memorial page for each veteran and service member interred in a VA national cemetery.