Mayor's Office Press Release

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day 2022

Memorial Day Graphic

May 30, 2022 -- On this Memorial Day, please join me in honoring the men and women who have died in military service for the United States. 

Flags at the Military Cemetery

This morning, I joined with the Houston National Cemetery to pay tribute to all buried there with dignity, honor, and peace. Today's ceremony was the first since 2019 because of the pandemic, and hundreds of Houstonians gathered to recognize our fallen heroes.

Here in Houston and large cities across our nation, in the small towns of Texas and every other state, we remember the sacrifices of those who defended our freedoms.

Mayor Turner with Boy Scouts

To all the family members who are here grieving today, please know that the city of Houston shares your heartache and will forever honor your hero.

As I said in my remarks, to most Americans, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer. But before we pack up and travel to the beaches of Galveston, the Texas hill country, and other places, we must stop to acknowledge our heroes buried in hallowed ground. We must remember their actions and find within us gratitude for them.

Many more of our heroes have been buried in the Houston National Cemetery in the year that has passed. The lives of their families will never be the same. We have buried young and old and from different eras and all different branches of our military.

The heroes buried at the Houston National Cemetery and in every Veterans cemetery in the nation did their part. Our government must do its part to serve those still living.

That is why the City of Houston is committed to serving our veterans and their families through the work of several City departments, including our police and fire departments, housing and health departments, and our office of Veterans and Military Affairs.

Every day, we work with our community to serve those who served us, supporting our heroes with ongoing housing, employment, and mental health initiatives. Even as we honor the dead, we commit ourselves to help those still living.

Thank you to the Houston National Cemetery for hosting today's ceremony and to the VA for providing the care and comfort of our veterans each day.

We honor and grieve these courageous men and women.

Robert Dembo III and Mayor Turner

Mayor Turner with Robert Dembo, Director of the Mayor's Office of Veterans and Military Affairs and a Navy veteran.