Shangri La Honors Veterans with Memorial Day Ceremony
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will host a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30. Those wishing to attend the ceremony will be given free entry starting at 2 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 2:45 p.m. To explore the gardens either before or after the event an admission ticket will need to be purchase. Visitors are encouraged to bring folding chairs for seating, and Shangri La will be open throughout Memorial Day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for visitors of all ages.
The program will be lead by a welcome speech from Michael Hoke, Director of Shangri La then followed by recognition of veterans. During the program, Raegan Grantham from Lamar University will sing the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful”; Marie Moreau will give a presentation and prayer as well. The ceremony will conclude with a ringing of the Great Bell, one minute of silence in remembrance of those who gave their lives for their country and “TAPS” played by Rebecca Kent of Lamar University.
“Gardens have always been a special place of remembrance and Shangri La feels that we should remember those that gave their all for our county. Even though Shangri La is normally closed on Monday, we will be open Memorial Day for this important ceremony and to allow visitors to experience the gardens,” said Shangri La Director, Michael Hoke.
Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call 409-670-9113 or visit http://www.shangrilagardens.org/.