Hundreds honor military lives lost at Memorial Day event at Houston National Cemetery

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Some 1,500 people gathered at the Houston National Cemetery on Monday morning to honor those who died in the military, assembling amid the flag-adorned graves of 74,000 fallen service members. 

The formal ceremony lasted about an hour and a half and featured cannon salutes, helicopter fly-overs, the presentation of colors and a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace,” among other traditions and speeches.

“You teach us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” Rev. Sean Horrigan said during the Memorial Day prayer, addressing families gathered at the cemetery’s hemicycle. “Today we remember and honor those who have given their lives so that we might know freedom, peace.”

Volunteers handed out red roses throughout the morning, or placed them on graves, as families navigated through rows of headstones to find their loved ones.


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