~ The Library of Congress Congressional Research Service has published this list of commemorative observances from 2004-2006, if you want to know about other national holidays.
~ In Grayson County Reminiscences: The First 150 Years, one author tells about the Memorial Day traditions in Van Alstyne, Texas in which the families gather together to tend the graves in the local cemetery.
~ According to the Texas Almanac, there are special rules governing the Texas state flag on Memorial Day: “On Memorial Day, the state flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon and at that time raised to the peak of the flagpole.” — Texas Almanac, 2004-2005 Regulations for displaying the United States flag are published in this CRS report.
~ During World War II, 150,000 people gathered in Houston, Texas to remember the sailors killed in action. Read more in 1941: Texas Goes to War.
Here are some additional items about military personnel in the Portal.