Heroes remembered on Memorial Day – so we could live freely

The ceremonial tribute at Sugar Land’s 5th Annual Memorial Day event this Monday at Memorial Park along the Brazos River on University Boulevard was respectful and the perfect setting for the community to gather and pay homage to those that sacrificed their lives as a result of their bravery and honor serving on behalf of their county. At about noon time, there was the raising of the flags, U.S., Texas, and the city flag, at the entrance of the park during the special patriotic day.  In the course of the serene and peaceful observance, participants surrounded a huge oak tree encircled by hundreds of small flags at its base, looking like flowers rising from the ground.  This is where the flags representing each branch of the service are located.

Local Boys Scout troops led the flag observance at the 150 acre park, a first phase of what will be a 420 acre amenity, which serves as a testament to those who have stood bravely on the front lines of freedom.  From Congressman Pete Olson’s office, on this day he asked for remembrance of the heroes “we have lost from the 22nd Congressional District and their families: LCPL Garrett Gamble (USMC), SPC Jarrett Griemel (USA), Sgt. Joshua Ward (USA), and HM3 Zarian Wood (USN).”

A visit to Memorial Park today more clearly shows its transformation from agricultural land to a naturescape with thousands of native trees planted by Keep Sugar Land Beautiful over six years ago, and later more they donated together with the Apache Foundation. The park has memorials in distinct areas to recognize Fort Bend County veterans.

Just down the street from Sugar Land, Missouri City’s Quail Valley Proud held its 12th annual Memorial Day Kids, Bike, Dog and Wagon parade joining many more communities in Fort Bend and nationwide to thank men, women, and their families for dedicated service and their support of the United States Armed Forces…so that we may live freely.

This Boy Scouts leader lends his support at the 5th Annual Memorial Day observance in Sugar Land. Boy Scout troops played a principal role in the ceremonies held.

Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson shows his appreciation to the local Boy Scouts, who played a principal role in this year’s 5th annual Memorial Day event at Memorial Park on University Boulevard.

“Spotted” at the 5th Annual Memorial Day observance in Sugar Land at Memorial Park were Mayor James Thompson and his wife, Gay, paying homage to the nation’s fallen heroes.

A patriotic topper is what 11 year old Nicole Judy of Sugar Land has on her head this Memorial Day! She joined her mom, Kelley, at the 5th annual observance held at Memorial Park.

With Sugar Land city councilmember Harish Jajoo for at this year’s Memorial Day event are Bill Mallet and his son, Liam Mallet, from Boys Scouts Troop 447.

At Sugar Land’s Memorial Park for the patriotic observance this Monday from “down the street” are David Fries (left), Savannah Fries (center) of Missouri City joined by Peggy Calavaza (right).

Popular and active couple Sugar Land councilmember and local attorney Amy Mitchell and Jake Messinger patriotically observe this year’s Memorial Day at the Sugar Land annual event.

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