Memorial Day Ceremony
The City of Sugar Land’s 2021 Memorial Day Ceremony commenced at 10 a.m. on May 31, 2021 with a patriotic concert performed by Lone Star Symphonic Band. Musical tributes continued with performances of the National Anthem and 'God Bless America' by recording artists and Sugar Land Superstar Contest Winners Arieana Johnson, 2020 Super Star Winner and Laura Walls, 2020 Junior Superstar Winner.
There was no lack in military tributes to honor both past and present service men and women. Future leaders of America - the Boy Scouts of America Troops 731 and 1731 led the Presentation of Colors, Pledge of Allegiance, and facilitated a Wreath Ceremony in honor of military heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation. A profound and noble military flyover was performed by Commemorative Air Force Houston Wing, one of the world’s largest flying museums with more than 165 aircrafts. Additionally, the Sugar Land Police Honor Guard conducted a 21-Gun Salute followed by a solemn performance of TAPS presented by the Lone Star Symphonic Band.
Continuing a community tradition, Brigadier General (Retired) David Van Kleeck served as the official Master of Ceremonies in full military regalia. Sugar Land Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman extended an official welcome and introduced the keynote speaker, American Legion District Commander Colonel Richard Huntley. Several members of Sugar Land’s American Legion Raymond Freeman Post 942 were present. Brigadier General Van Kleeck recited the war poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae and read aloud the names of all military personnel from Sugar Land, whose names are engraved in the Sugar Land Remembrance Tower.
The roster of speakers also included Denny Hair, a published author and historian who has published multiple books about General George S. Patton and his Third Army. In a storytelling fashion, Hair’s moving portrayal of General Patton enlightened audience members with little known facts regarding General Patton and honored military heroes who have represented all branches of the United States Armed Forces. Hair’s in-depth historical knowledge enabled the orator to provide a rich history lesson about the life and legacy of General Patton.
A variety organizations hosted information booths, distributed U.S. Flags, and shared an assortment of patriotic souvenirs. Additionally, a military vehicle exhibit was on display and the Sugar Land Rotary Club distributed complimentary water bottles to attendees. Participants included:
- 6th Calvary Historical Association
- American Legion Raymond Freeman Post 492
- CHRISTUS Health
- Dulles High School ROTC
- Fort Bend Voters League
- Houston Marine Moms
- Hunter’s Creek Retrievers
- Scouts BSA Troops 731 and 1731
- Sugar Land Exchange Club
- Sugar Land Rotary Club
- Sugar Land Fire Academy Alumni
Throughout the ceremony, attendees were invited to visit the park's memorial monuments.
Monuments at Sugar Land Memorial Park
Sugar Land Remembrance Tower
Each wall face of the 40-foot structure represents a branch of the United States military. The names of service members from Sugar Land who perished while on active duty are engraved on the interior walls.
Veterans Memorial Eagle
The beautiful bronze statue symbolizes the strength and distinction of our United States Armed Forces and service members.