AAA estimates that 61 percent of Americans will celebrate Memorial Day weekend by visiting or partying with their family and friends. It's an old custom. Originally called Decoration Days' the tradition was to visit places from the Civil War. It eventually gave birth to the today's custom of traveling to visit friends and family.
The holiday was first suggested by Major General John Logan, head of a veterans organization called the Grand Army of the Republic, who urged: “Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”
Today, we no longer focus on just the veterans from the internal conflict, but we take the time to honor all veterans during Memorial Day weekend.
Houston has a few places where visitors can still view a few of the surviving tributes to antebellum Texas, veterans of foreign wars and other U.S. servicemen.
San Jacinto Monument
McNeel's plantation is located on Texas Route #36 in Brazoria County
Levi Jordan Plantation
Lake Jackson Plantation
Varner-Hogg Plantation, West Columbia
George Ranch Historical Park
These are just a few of the places in and around Houston to visit on Memorial day where you can view a some of the surviving relics of antebellum Texas, veterans of foreign wars and U.S. servicemen.
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