Fort Bend Memorial Day Happenings
Sugar Land set for 8th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
The City of Sugar Land will salute fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country by hosting the 8th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m., at Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd.
The ceremony will begin with a one-hour patriotic musical presentation. During that time, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with community organizations such as Vet Center 711, Sugar Land Rotary, Houston Marine Moms and Indo American Forum. Activity stations such as the Battleship Texas State Historic Site touch table will also be onsite. The official ceremony will commence at 11 a.m. The program will consist of a presentation of colors, words of remembrance by local dignitaries, a military flyover, 21-gun salute and special tributes from members of the community. Patriotic performances will also fill the stage with choral and musical selections.
Also during the ceremony, the City will acknowledge the names of veterans engraved inside of the memorial at Sugar Land Memorial Park. The memorial features an obelisk recognizing all branches of the military along with past Sugar Land fallen soldiers.
Public parking will be available at the University of Houston Sugar Land campus, 14000 University Blvd., where complimentary shuttle services will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Limited handicap parking will be available at the park.
For more information about the event, contact the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department at 281-275-2885, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/memorialday or follow Sugar Land Parks and Recreation at facebook.com/SugarLandParks.
Sugar Land Legacy Foundation Project seeks to honor, remember veterans
Last Memorial Day, the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation launched the “Honor or Remember” brick pavers project as a way to salute military service personnel.
Any member of the community can personalize a 4 x 8-inch brick paver as a tribute to a loved one or fallen hero who has served in the military. The engraved pavers are placed within the Honor and Remember Flag Plaza adjacent to the current Remembrance Tower at Sugar Land Memorial Park.
The project, now in its second year, is a partnership between the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation and the City of Sugar Land. The Foundation aims to raise $25,000 from paver sales to support future memorial projects at the park, such as additional sculptures.
Only 100 brick pavers were originally made available and 60 remain for personalization. The brick pavers may be engraved with text such as a veteran’s name, branch of the military and dates of service.
For more information about the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation or to purchase one of the remaining brick pavers, visit www.sugarlandlegacy.org or call 281-980-8981.
George Ranch Historical Park honors veterans
Visit the George Ranch Historical Park for a special Memorial Day Remembrance on Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30.
On Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30, guests can take a historic look at Memorial Day by exploring letters from lost Texas soldiers throughout the decades – from those who served in the Texas Revolution to those who served in World War II. A Victorian Decoration Day ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m.; afterward, visitors can help clean the graves of those who served in honor of those lost in war. A special World War I-era poppy-making activity will also be ongoing at the 1930s George Home.
The historic Memorial Day lunch will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the yard of the 1930s George Home. Cost for the meal is $15 for adults ages 13 and older; $12 for children ages 5-12 and $4 for children 4 and under.
The menu, which is inspired by actual World War II USO menus, includes homemade cream of tomato soup, sliced roast turkey, sliced spiced ham, assorted breads and cheeses, pickled okra, onions, beets, garden vegetable salad with homemade dressings, pasta salad, molasses baked beans, apple and peach cobblers, tea and water.
Call 281-343-0218 or make reservations online for the historic meal. The Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.
Harvest Green invites public to Memorial Day cookout
Harvest Green, Houston’s new farm-centric community, is dishing up the perfect Memorial Day afternoon with a cookout noon to 3 p.m. Monday, May 30.
Open to the public, the event will be held at the community’s model home park. Picnickers can bring their own favorite foods or purchase brisket, ribs, pulled pork and other delectables from Harlem Road Texas BBQ. Families can chill with free Kona Ice snow cones and a DJ will provide music and lead games for fun prizes. Children can enjoy a waterslide and bounce house.
Harvest Green is located in Richmond along the Grand Parkway a few miles north of Highway 90A.