MEMORIAL DAY – HONORING ALL WHO SERVEDrsevers
On Memorial Day we pay our respects to all the military personnel who have given their lives for our freedom. Across our nation, our Stars & Stripes will be on display. There will be parades, cookouts, special memorial services, and speeches, and we will share and celebrate our pride as Americans in the land of the free and the brave.
The Capitol grounds and surrounding area are home to many landmarks that pay homage to generations of brave Texans. As you plan your Memorial Day activities consider a visit downtown to stroll the beautiful Capitol grounds and celebrate the heroes who serve.
Texas State Cemetery – https://cemetery.tspb.texas.gov/
Just blocks east of the State Capitol, the Cemetery is the final resting place of Governors, Senators, Legislators, Congressmen, Judges and other legendary Texans who have made the state what it is today. Throughout the years, other notable Texans have been buried on Cemetery grounds including: Stephen F. Austin, General Albert Sidney Johnston, Governor Allan Shivers, Governor John Connally, and Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock. The annual Memorial Day service will take place in the southwest section of the cemetery, called “Republic Hill” on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m.
Medal of Honor Monument – https://txmedalofhonor.com/#/
On Memorial Day in 1999, numerous dignitaries gathered at the Texas State Cemetery to dedicate a memorial to 83 native-born or adopted Texans who earned the United States’ highest award, the Medal of Honor. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Friday, 909 Navasota Street, Austin, TX 78702
Guided Tours available. To schedule call: 512-305-8521
Memorial Monuments in and around the Capitol Grounds
The Texas State Capitol and its 22 acres of parkland hosts numerous monuments and statues paying tribute to generations of Texan who have served our country and the State of Texas with valor. Here are some of the most poignant monuments to our Texas heroes:
Above and Beyond – The Medal of Honor in Texas Exhibit
This impressive exhibit is in the Capitol on the ground floor of the north wing. It honors Texas who have received the Medal of Honor and the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor. Read more about these heroic Texans at: www.TXMedalofHonor.com
Capitol Grounds Monuments
Price of Liberty – Gold Star families – This statue focuses on the sacrifices of the families of fallen veterans.
Disabled Veterans – Erected in 1980, this monument pays tribute to all Texan veterans disabled while serving in the U.S. military services.
Peace Officers’ – Erected in 1999, this monument pays tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty since August 5, 1823.
Vietnam Veterans – Erected in 2014, this monument honors the 3,417 men and women of Texas who served and died in the Vietnam War (1964-1973).
Korean War Veterans – Erected in 1999, this monument pays tribute to the more than 289,000 Texas who served in the Korean War (1950-1953).
World War II – Erected in 2007, this monument honors the 22,000 Texas men and women who died in service to the nation during World War 11 (1941-1945).
Pearl Harbor – Erected om 1989, this monument honors Texas men and women in the military service present on the Island of Oahu when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
World War I – Erected in 1961, this monument honors World War I (1914-1918) veterans and the 198,000 Texans who served in that conflict.
Texas National Guard – Erected in 1959, this monument memorializes the soldiers of the 36th infantry, Texas National Guard who served in World War I.
Spanish American War – Erected in 1951, this statue honors the memory of veterans of the Spanish-American War (1891-1902).