The Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery will honor Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, May 31.

The ceremony will take place at the assembly area wall at the cemetery, which has emblems representing each branch of the nation’s armed forces. Members of local veterans service organizations will take a wreath and place it before the emblem representing each service.

Armando Trevino, principal of the Idea Academy, will be the Master of Ceremonies and Homer Gallegos, commander of the VFW Post No. 8788 will be the featured speaker.

The ceremony will include the signing of the National Anthem, the raising of the flag, an invocation, a 21-gun salute and Taps.

“I am honored to welcome our veterans community to the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery for this event,” said Jerry Patterson, chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board. “This will be a fitting tribute to all those who have earned the right to be interred in these hallowed grounds.”

For additional information on Texas State Veterans Cemeteries and other veterans programs offered by the Texas Veterans Land Board, call 1-800-252-VETS (1-800-252-8387), or visit the Veterans Land Board Web site at

The Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery is located at 2520 S. Inspiration Road, in Mission, about 3 miles south of U.S. Highway 83 near the junction of South Inspiration Road and Military Road.