Over Memorial Day weekend, several organizations are will work to highlight the day's true meaning at various locations across north Texas.
Sunday morning at 8:00, volunteers from Flags Across America started placing flags on graves at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Remember Heroes will place an additional 800 arrangements on the graves of the Veterans buried most recently at 3:00 pm, with help from Cub Scouts and Metroplex Marines.
On Monday, the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery will hold its annual Memorial Day Service at 11:00 a.m. The cemetery opens at 8:00 a.m.
The Roll of Honor Foundation will display insignia, awards and online military service profiles of more than 28,000 Veterans interred at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at the RollofHonor.org website.
"We want to honor those who gave so much to remind their families that the sacrifice has not been forgotten. Hopefully on Memorial Day, people will think about what freedom is and remember the men and women who defended it," says Flint Holbrook, CEO of Remember Heroes.
A Memorial Day concert will be held Sunday from 5-10 p.m. at Stonebridge Ranch in McKinney. The event will benefit a Veteran who is a double amputee and needs a wheelchair accessible home. Brett Michaels will be the headliner with several local acts following. There will also be military flyovers, a presentation of colors and fireworks. The concert is free but donations will be collected and raffle tickets will be sold to raise money.
Another free concert is happening Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Harbor Amphitheater on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard. American Idol star, Jason Castro, who is from from Rockwall and the 20+piece U.S. Air National Guard Band of the Southwest will headline the first annual Rockwall Memorial Day concert. The event is being held to thank and honor fallen soldiers, veterans and active-duty military and their families.
On Saturday, Remember Heroes placed 1,600 floral arrangements on grave sites of killed-in-action Veterans, with the assistance of volunteers from Veterans in Business and the Boy Scouts.