About … Cheryl’s Mission … The National Memorial Ladies
Cheryl founded the National Memorial Ladies, a volunteer nonprofit organization, to ensure that Texas veterans won't be buried alone at the Houston National Cemetery. She was concerned that soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice were being forgotten. She believed there must be a way to commemorate these heroes. She thought of two ways…
The First Way: Two ladies from the National Memorial Ladies attend all burials at the Houston National Cemetery to honor our soldiers who have fought for our freedom and the liberties we enjoy today. They are there to make sure that no soldier is buried alone, give a condolence card to the families, and affirm that they are there to give honor to their loved one who gave military service to our country. The Memorial Lady is a part of the ceremony. Along with the Chaplain and Honor Guard, she attends the burial with silent vigil.
The Second Way: She envisioned a Fallen Warriors Memorial site commemorating Texas soldiers who had given their lives from WWII to present. It took 2 years to raise the money and get it done. The site is nested in a cypress and pine tree grove in Cy-Champ Park and was donated by the Cy-Champ Public Utility District, which maintains the park. Local artist Michael Murr was responsible for the memorial's design and somber beauty (Dark grays and black slabs with names etched in granite, like the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. The darkness symbolizes what our soldiers went through, and the white lights represent their afterlife). This project was funded entirely through private donations.