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Veterans' Day Remembrance in San Francisco

Veterans' Day in San Francisco

Veterans' Day - a day for reflection - a day to say thank you - a day to renew our efforts for a better tomorrow.

The Presidio in San Francisco is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, but it also is home to one of our national cemeteries. When exploring the Presidio, hiking or running on the trails, slow your pace when you near the National Cemetery, and take time to reflect on the poignant poem posted at the top of the hill, above the cemetery.

"They Say We Were Young..."

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.
Remember us.

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.

National Cemetery, SF Presidio

 

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Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

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Comment balloon 8 commentsLottie Kendall • November 06 2013 06:30PM

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Lovely sentiment.  Thank you today and every day.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 7 years ago

good morning, Roger. There's something about this poem, and the setting, that is hallowed. When passing by, the chatter stops, the steps slow.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago
What a wonderful post, Lottie!!! Thank you so much for sharing. I know the area well.
Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Dagny, I'm glad you liked this post, and glad you know the setting. I'm sure you agree that there is a special feel to this Veterans' cemetary.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Lottie,  And there are those who lost their loved ones who can never forget.  As a Nation, we need to do more than remember.  

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 7 years ago

Kathleen, agreed. "...a day to renew our efforts for a better tomorrow."

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Lottie, such a hauntingly beautiful poem. The National Cemetery at the Presidio is one of our nation's most precious properties.

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Nancy, I think the poem is a beautiful ode to our veterans and a great reminder for us.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

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