This is a cemetery . . .
Lives are commemorated
Deaths are recorded
Families are reunited
Memories are made tangible
And love is undisguised.
Communities accord respect
Families bestow reverence
Historians seek information and
Our heritage is thereby enriched.
Testimonies of devotion, pride and
Remembrance, are cast in bronze to pay
Tribute to accomplishments, and to the life,
Not the death of a loved one.
The cemetery is homeland for memorials
That are a sustaining source of comfort
To the living.
A cemetery is a history of people
A perpetual record of yesterday and
A sanctuary of peace and quiet today.
A cemetery exists because every life
Is worth loving and remembering – always.
Presented to the Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Texas, July 27, 2002