Memorial Day in San Francisco
Memorial Day - this holiday weekend will find many of us taking the first camping trip of the summer, joining friends and family on picnics, heading to concerts, street fairs, etc.
If you are in San Francisco on Monday, 5/25, the day we celebrate Memorial Day in 2015, a visit to the Presidio seems fitting. Head to the Main Post, where a parade begins at 10:30 AM, lead by the 191st Army band, ending about 30 minutes later with a 21-gun salute in honor of those we're remembering this weekend. At 11:00 in the National Cemetery the formal program begins.
If you stroll to the top of the cemetery, you'll find this poignant poem, which speaks volumes.
The Young Dead Soldiers, by Archibald MacLeish
The young dead soldiers do not speak.
Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses:
who has not heard them?
They have a silence that speaks for them at night
and when the clock counts.
They say: We were young. We have died.
They say: We have done what we could
but until it is finished it is not done.
They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished
no one can know what our lives gave.
They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours,
they will mean what you make them.
They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for
peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say,
it is you who must say this.
We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning.
We were young, they say. We have died; remember us.
As we enjoy the many activities of this holiday weekend, let's remember why we have a special day, why a holiday.