Tim Stroud invites Houstonians to honor Veterans with Wreaths Across America

I’m a third-generation military of the military and my father served as a police officer after his tour in Vietnam. Sadly, he was killed in the line of duty after just 18 months on patrol. Cemeteries never looked the same for me again. 

Cemeteries became a place of connection for my family and me to my Dad. I learned that others felt the same way and honored their loved ones by placing wreaths, flags and other items throughout the year. Houston has eight cemeteries where we can honor our heroes with holiday wreaths. Through a national program, Wreaths Across America, you can either sponsor or join a group that is placing wreaths at each site. 

On Saturday, December 18th, Companies, Civic Organizations, Churches and Community Members will attend the main location to honor the 90,000 men and women laid to rest at the Houston National Cemetery with Remembrance Wreaths. Wreaths are only $15 and each one will be precisely positioned at each grave. Volunteers will place the wreath, salute or put their hand over the hearts and read the names on the markers and stones aloud. A formal ceremony will be held to give instructions and start the event. 

Join us by sponsoring a Veterans’ wreath at a cemetery near you, volunteering or donating to a local sponsorship group. You can visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org to find a location nearest you or plan on attending the largest one at the Houston National Cemetery (TXHNCH). That location is 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038.

Please plan on carpooling and dress according to the weather conditions. This event will take place, rain, or shine at 11:00 am. There is an option to park at Greenspoint Mall and take the free shuttle. This is a kid friendly event. 

Tim Stroud is a former Combat Medic in the United States Army, the Founder of the Veterans Rotary Club of Greater Houston and is a Congressional Candidate for TX District 7.

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As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.