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Operation Overlord was launched over 76 years ago on June 6, 1944. Commonly known as D-Day -- a military term for the fi...
06/06/2020

Operation Overlord was launched over 76 years ago on June 6, 1944. Commonly known as D-Day -- a military term for the first day of a combat operation -- it was the largest seaborne invasion in history and it kick-started the Battle of Normandy, which successfully opened a second, Western front in Nazi-occupied Europe. - Jacopo Prisco, CNN #Dday #OperationOverlord #NoVeteranEverDies #WeRemember

Join patriotic citizens from around the country to honor the service & sacrifice of our nation's fallen heroes online at...
05/26/2020
Veterans Legacy Memorial | U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Join patriotic citizens from around the country to honor the service & sacrifice of our nation's fallen heroes online at https://www.vlm.cem.va.gov/ and leave a written Tribute to any one of the nearly 4 million Veterans interred in VA national cemetreis. All 142 National Cemeteries remain open for visitors from dawn to dusk. Please keep social distance. #MemorialDay2020 #NoVeteranEverDies #HoustonNationalCemetery

Pay tribute to American Veterans. View, search, share, and interact with a veteran memorial page. Find veteran grave location easily and perform compound searches on historical veterans.

Memorial Day is a special time for Americans to reflect on the contributions of those Americans who made the ultimate sa...
05/26/2020

Memorial Day is a special time for Americans to reflect on the contributions of those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Because of the courage of these Veterans, we enjoy the opportunities and freedoms that we do today. Join Houston National Cemetery in honoring them. #MemorialDay2020 #CarryTheLoad #NoVeteranEverDies #HoustonNationalCemetery #MemorialDay

Memorial Day is a special time for Americans to reflect on the contributions of those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Because of the courage of these Veterans, we enjoy the opportunities and freedoms that we do today. Join Houston National Cemetery in honoring them. #MemorialDay2020 #CarryTheLoad #NoVeteranEverDies #HoustonNationalCemetery #MemorialDay

05/25/2020
2020 Memorial Day at Houston National Cemetery

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Today we honor the legacy of all Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. VA's VANatCemeteries remain open despite #COVID-19. We honor Veterans this #MemorialDay2020 #NoVeteranEverDies #HoustonNationalCemetery

No Veteran Ever Dies Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. m...

Memorial Day is a special time for Americans to reflect on the contributions of those Americans who made the ultimate sa...
05/25/2020

Memorial Day is a special time for Americans to reflect on the contributions of those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Because of the courage of these Veterans, we enjoy the opportunities and freedoms that we do today. Join Houston National Cemetery in honoring them. #MemorialDay2020 #CarryTheLoad #NoVeteranEverDies #HoustonNationalCemetery #MemorialDay

Memorial Day is a special time for Americans to reflect on the contributions of those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Because of the courage of these Veterans, we enjoy the opportunities and freedoms that we do today. Join Houston National Cemetery in honoring them. #MemorialDay2020 #CarryTheLoad #NoVeteranEverDies #HoustonNationalCemetery #MemorialDay

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05/25/2020

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Thank you to our heroes!! "This will remain the land of the free so long as it is the home of the brave." -- Elmer Davis...
05/17/2020

Thank you to our heroes!! "This will remain the land of the free so long as it is the home of the brave." -- Elmer Davis

#ThankYou #BeTheForce

Please see the news release below regarding the Houston National Cemetery Memorial Day Program.
05/14/2020

Please see the news release below regarding the Houston National Cemetery Memorial Day Program.

It goes without saying that we are in unprecedented times. With the health and safety concerns brought about by the COVI...
04/22/2020
Roll of Honor - VAntage Point

It goes without saying that we are in unprecedented times. With the health and safety concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Houston National Cemetery has adjusted operations in ways we never expected; such as temporarily discontinuing committal services while continuing to provide interments. In these challenging times we are launching a new web page, updated daily, which provides the names of those Veterans interred in all national cemeteries from the previous day. We invite you visit this page and take a moment to honor these Veterans: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/roll-of-honor/

VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) continues to honor Veterans during these challenging times. Due to the current public health crisis, Veterans are being interred without the customary committal services and funeral honors. While we will work with families to schedule committal services ...

03/30/2020
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 on March 28, 2017, to recognize and thank our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice during one of the longest wars in our country’s history. This Act designates every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day—a day for all Americans to come together to remember and honor the service and sacrifice of our Vietnam Veterans and their families.

We remember 9 million American men and women—more than 6 million living today—who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during our involvement in Vietnam from November 1, 1955, to May 7, 1975. Whether they were stationed in-country, in-theater, or elsewhere during those two decades, they answered the call to duty.

I am the son of a Vietnam Veteran and career Army officer. One of the most traumatic days of my life was being told that my father had been gravely wounded in the invasion of Cambodia in 1970. I was six. After three long years of recovery, he returned to the 82nd Airborne Division. So, my family and I experienced first-hand the enormous sacrifices this generation of Americans made in courageous service to our Nation.

This year, VA again joins more than 11,000 organizations across the country as a commemorative partner supporting the Department of Defense in this Vietnam War Commemoration. The commemoration program was launched in 2012 and continues to 2025. I invite all VA leaders to either host ceremonies or participate in community events from March 25 to March 29.

Additionally, help us reach those Vietnam Veterans who may be living in remote locations, those who are physically unable to attend commemorative events, and those in assisted living, geriatric, rehabilitative, or palliative care. It is our duty to show our deep gratitude to this generation of warriors and their families.

Please visit https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/ to learn how your organization or facility can be a commemorative partner and participate in this important tribute. Official commemorative partnership offers historical media and opportunity to request lapel pins and other recognition items to present to Vietnam Veterans.

Thank you all for your service to VA and your devotion America’s Veterans.

-VA Secretary Robert Wilkie

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
03/30/2020

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Today marks 47 years since our last combat troops left Vietnam. More than 8.7 million men and women served during the war. We thank the 6.2 million living Veterans for their service and pause to reflect those who have passed or did not return home, including the more than 58,000 names etched into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

03/24/2020
National Cemetery Administration (NCA) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

As a result of concerns regarding COVID-19, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is taking additional safety precautions. To promote the safety and well-being of all of our customers, visitors, volunteers, and staff, the NCA is postponing The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony scheduled for March 25th. We are making a concerted effort to minimize the potential transmission of germs and viruses until the pandemic conditions are under control. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter. As warranted, NCA will continue to provide updates on the operating status of individual national cemeteries on our social media pages: https://www.facebook.com/NationalCemeteries

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation. https://www.cem.va.gov/

UPDATE: All VA National Cemeteries remain open for both visitors and interments. However, in light of concerns regarding...
03/17/2020

UPDATE: All VA National Cemeteries remain open for both visitors and interments. However, in light of concerns regarding COVID-19, we are strongly urging that all committal services adhere to the CDC guidelines “to avoid groups of more than 10 people.” Volunteer and military honor guard availability may also be limited based on local conditions.

In addition, we urge all people wishing to visit our national cemeteries to abide by any local restrictions that may be in place and avoid unnecessary travel if possible.

We understand some families may prefer to proceed with direct interment of their loved ones and postpone the formal committal services to a later date. NCA stands ready to accommodate these preferences.
Keep checking NCA’s page for updates on the operating status of our national cemeteries. #HonoringVeterans #NoVeteranEverDies

03/16/2020
National Cemetery Administration (NCA) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

As a result of concerns regarding COVID-19, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is taking additional safety precautions. To promote the safety and well-being of all of our customers, visitors, volunteers, and staff, the NCA is postponing The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony scheduled for March 25th. We are making a concerted effort to minimize the potential transmission of germs and viruses until the pandemic conditions are under control. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter. As warranted, NCA will continue to provide updates on the operating status of individual national cemeteries on our social media pages: https://www.facebook.com/NationalCemeteries

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation. https://www.cem.va.gov/

Houston National Cemetery's cover photo
02/03/2020

Houston National Cemetery's cover photo

In 1943, the troop transport Dorchester was sunk by a German submarine while en route to Greenland. Nearly 700 of the mo...
02/03/2020

In 1943, the troop transport Dorchester was sunk by a German submarine while en route to Greenland. Nearly 700 of the more than 900 souls on board perished in the frigid waters, but the actions of four men aboard that ship made this tragedy a source of inspiration for generations to come.
Four Army chaplains - Rev. George Fox of the Methodist Church, Jewish Rabbi Alexander Goode, Father John Washington of the Catholic Church, and Rev. Clark Poling of the Reformed Church in America - distributed life jackets and helped men into lifeboats as the ship sank. When the jackets ran out, they gave their own so that others might have the chance to live. As the ship slipped under the waves, they locked arms with one another, prayed and sang hymns. One survivor said “"It was the finest thing I have seen or hope to see this side of heaven.”
In 1948, the Post Office issued a stamp honoring "These Immortal Chaplains." Congress honored the chaplains by issuing a special medal and presenting it to their families in 1960. Their story lives on as one of the most awesome examples of self sacrifice recorded in the annals of American military service. #NoVeteranEverDies #NationalCemeteryAdministration

#HoustonNationalCemetery salutes #VietnamWar Medal of Honor Recipient, 1st Sgt. David Herbert McNerney (June 2, 1931 – O...
01/31/2020

#HoustonNationalCemetery salutes #VietnamWar Medal of Honor Recipient, 1st Sgt. David Herbert McNerney (June 2, 1931 – October 10, 2010) #NationalCemeteryAdministration #NoVeteranEverDies #HonoringVets #MedalofHonor #USArmy #NationalCemeteryAdministration

Here is a photo of the Houston National Cemetery Hemicycle, a large semi-circular monument which surrounds a chapel and ...
01/30/2020

Here is a photo of the Houston National Cemetery Hemicycle, a large semi-circular monument which surrounds a chapel and a 75' high bell tower, it is the largest memorial and the most visible structure at the cemetery. The memorial is the only NCA-managed hemicycle memorial and is one of three hemicycles located in national cemeteries. The others are located at Arlington National Cemetery and Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines.

Located in the center of the hemicycle are the chapel, carillon and speaker's stand. David Parsons, a professor of art at Rice University, sculpted a 20 ft × 6 ft bas relief of three forms, a fallen soldier supported by two comrades. The 75-foot tower, 305-bell, Schulmerich carillon was dedicated May 30, 1970.

01/30/2020
National Cemetery Administration (NCA) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Excellent customer service is at the forefront of everything the National Cemetery Administration does.

For the seventh consecutive time, National Cemetery Administration received the highest score for customer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index – ACSI – the only national cross-industry measure of customer satisfaction in the United States.

In 2019, NCA exceeded our own record of 96 and earned a score of 97 out of 100 on the 2019
American Customer Service Index (ACSI) - the highest result ever achieved by any organization.

While ACSI participation is voluntary, our score is higher than some of our Nation's most well-known brands, such as Chick-fil-A, Kaiser Permanente, and Trader Joe's. This remarkable accomplishment is the result of our team's unwavering care for our Veterans and their families, and the outstanding leadership and commitment to customer service by @VeteransAffairs Secretary Robert L. Wilkie.
#HoustonNationalCemetery #HNC #NoVeteranEverDies

Excellent customer service is at the forefront of everything the National Cemetery Administration does.

For the seventh consecutive time, National Cemetery Administration received the highest score for customer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index – ACSI – the only national cross-industry measure of customer satisfaction in the United States.

In 2019, NCA exceeded our own record of 96 and earned a score of 97 out of 100 on the 2019
American Customer Service Index (ACSI) - the highest result ever achieved by any organization.

While ACSI participation is voluntary, our score is higher than some of our Nation's most well-known brands, such as Chick-fil-A, Kaiser Permanente, and Trader Joe's. This remarkable accomplishment is the result of our team's unwavering care for our Veterans and their families, and the outstanding leadership and commitment to customer service by @VeteransAffairs Secretary Robert L. Wilkie.

#HoustonNationalCemetery salutes #WorldWarII Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, SGM Macario Garcia, 2 Jan 1920 - 24...
01/24/2020

#HoustonNationalCemetery salutes #WorldWarII Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, SGM Macario Garcia, 2 Jan 1920 - 24 Dec 1972. #NationalCemeteryAdministration #NoVeteranEverDies #HonoringVets

Houston National Cemetery's cover photo
01/23/2020

Houston National Cemetery's cover photo

The Veterans Legacy Program (VLP) of VA’s National Cemetery Administration, works to ensure that Veterans from prior gen...
01/22/2020

The Veterans Legacy Program (VLP) of VA’s National Cemetery Administration, works to ensure that Veterans from prior generations can continue to inspire today’s youth. To learn more visit https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/legacy #NoVeteranEverDies

HR 2385, a bill signed into law Friday by President Trump, allows the Veterans Legacy Program (VLP) of VA’s National Cemetery Administration to support institutions who are committed to engaging young Americans in researching the contributions of hometown Veterans interred in VA cemeteries. This law will allow VLP to simplify the process of supporting this research, and ultimately to celebrate the service and sacrifice of more Veterans. VLP works to ensure that Veterans from prior generations can continue to inspire today’s youth. To learn more visit https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/legacy #NoVeteranEverDies

Do you know what this means? Every like, follow and share is an opportunity for a veteran you may know to learn about Ho...
01/17/2020

Do you know what this means? Every like, follow and share is an opportunity for a veteran you may know to learn about Houston National Cemetery and their burial benefits! We can't thank you enough!

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10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, TX
77038

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Houston National Cemetery

The Houston Veterans Administration Cemetery was dedicated Dec. 7, 1965. It was the only government cemetery constructed in the United States during the 1960’s.

The present day Houston National Cemetery was the largest of its kind at the time of construction. Designed entirely by VA staff, it was also the only new VA cemetery not located on the grounds of a VA hospital. Prior to Houston’s opening, the last VA cemetery established was at Eagle Point VA Medical Center, Oregon, in 1952. The largest VA cemeteries at the time were in Los Angeles at 114.47 acres, and Leavenworth, Kansas, at 113.15 acres. At 419.2 acres, the Houston facility was slightly smaller than the 450 acres of Arlington National Cemetery, to which it was compared.

Houston became a national cemetery in 1973 after the passage of the National Cemetery Act.

Monuments and Memorials The Hemicycle at Houston National Cemetery is its largest memorial and the most visible structure on the landscape. It is the only NCA-managed hemicycle memorial and is one of only three known hemicycles located in national cemeteries. The others are located at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, operated by the U.S. Army, and at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines, operated by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

At the keystone, or center, of the hemicycle are the chapel, carillon and speaker’s stand. David Parsons, a professor of art at Rice University, sculpted a 20’ x 6’ bas relief of three interlocking forms — a fallen soldier supported by two comrades. The sculpture, made of crushed quartz, was installed at the chapel entrance in 1965. The 75-foot tower, 305-bell, Schulmerich “Americana” carillon was dedicated May 30, 1970.

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I read with horror the story attached to this comment, especially since it occurred on Mothers Day! Even worse than the event was the fact that a commentator at the end of the article calling himself "PrezTrump45" (rather speciously, I suspect) stated he didn't see the problem - there are no laws against driving over graves!! I have searched the VA National Cemetery site and also the Houston National Cemetery site and can find nothing regarding staying on the roads! Seems obvious to me, but some people need to read it to believe it! Anyway, I hope the individual in the video has been contacted and scheduled for some sort of "education" and punishment (in the event of damage to headstones or the lawn).
Has that stupid idiot that was driving over the graves to find a place to park to see the flyover, been found? ☹️
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Dear HNC, I have in my possession the service records of William M. Morgan, Jr. He is buried in HNC. Many years ago, Morgan's son rented a house from my mother. The son moved out and left his father's service records in the house. I have them in my possession and wish to locate the NOK in-order to return them. Can you please call me at 281-910-1767 to discuss this matter? I have called the official telephone number for HNC and can only leave a message. V/R, Sgt. 1st Class Danial F. Lisarelli Chief Public Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer 75th Innovation Command US Army Reserve Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base Houston, Texas 281-910-1767 cell [email protected] [email protected]
a beautiful place So clean and calming All of the staff is so compassionate My husband was buried Oct 29,2019
Beautiful day today! The cemetery looks amazing.