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.