Texas Iron & Metal has been in business for over 80 years and throughout our rich history, it has been our honor to support our armed forces. Since our founder started Houston’s first salvage yard in 1939, we have played an active role in supporting our country in a manner that is of the utmost importance to our owners, employees and stakeholders.
This Memorial Day, the staff here at Texas Iron & Metal would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country. We extend our utmost appreciation to all our soldiers and war veterans – for their strength, courage, and dedication to keeping us safe.
A brief history of Memorial Day
Memorial Day originally started in the 19th century following the Civil War. Back then, the wives and family of the fallen soldiers would gather each Spring to commemorate and celebrate their brave warriors.
This tradition included visiting the graves of loved ones, sharing food and decorating memorial plots with flowers. Although the term Memorial Day was used during that period, the more common term was “Decoration Day”. Traditions of celebrating the lives of fallen soldiers have been present in many cultures around the world for centuries.
Today, In the United States, Texas Iron & Metal, along with Federal agencies, schools and businesses take the last Monday in the month of May to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. This day of reverence is meant to celebrate the lives of our fallen soldiers by being with loved ones and truly taking the time to honor the freedom they’ve given us.
Where our Histories Intertwine
During World War II our country relied heavily on US citizens and businesses to support the troops overseas. With metal and steel in such short supply, entire movements and media backed campaigns were run to encourage citizens of the United States to donate metal and help win the war.
Max Moore founded Houston’s first salvage yard in 1939 and that’s where Texas Iron & Metal began. After that, he worked tirelessly during World War II to donate much needed scrap metal to mills like Sheffield Steel that made armaments in support of the war effort. They also worked to make usable products available to the industrial community in a time when steel was not readily available.
You can read more about our rich history on this page.
At Texas Iron & Metal, we want to express our sincere appreciation to the families, the soldiers and all who have dedicated their lives to defending our country. We take great pride in continuously supporting our troops in any way we can and will be closed this coming Memorial Day, May 25th to spend time with our loved ones and honor veterans and their families that have sacrificed so much for us.