The program will begin with the signing of the National Anthem by Eric Arceneaux, a six-year Navy veteran and Shangri La staff member. Following Arceneaux, Vietnam veteran Charlie Rothrock will give a brief talk about the importance of Memorial Day and the holiday’s significance in honoring fallen soldiers. The ceremony will include a ringing of the Great Bell followed by a moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. Concluding the event will be a performance of Taps by bugler Will Poppe. Poppe is a student at Lamar University, Beaumont.
“Memorial Day offers a time of remembrance and a day to honor the military sacrifices made for our country. This commemoration of American history during the ceremony held at Shangri La serves to reinforce long-held family traditions in a more modern atmosphere. We are pleased to host a presentation in honor of this important holiday,” said Shangri La representative, Joseph Johnson.
Entry to the Ceremony will be free of charge with paid admission to the gardens.
Shangri La will be open throughout Memorial Day, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for visitors of all ages.Public outpost tours will be offered throughout the day. Both the Garden Store and the Star and Crescent Moon Café will be open to serve visitors. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating.
Located at 2111 W. Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.