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Memorial Day in San Francisco

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.

My hike on Monday likely will take me through The Presidio in San Francisco, which is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area It is 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

As we enjoy the many activities of this holiday weekend, let's remember why we have a special day, why a holiday.


--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 12 commentsLottie Kendall • May 24 2014 08:01PM


Lottie, this is so powerful. Reading it got me a little choked up.  ... until is is finished it is not done.  What a legacy to leave behind.


Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 6 years ago

Lottie, this is so touching.  Thanks so much for sharing!

Posted by Diana White-Pettis, GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale (Bennett Realty Solutions) over 6 years ago

May God Bless American and the American soldiers.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 6 years ago

What a nice post and tribute to our American soldiers.  I miss San Francisco.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 6 years ago

Lottie - What a wonderful way to remind everyone that we have a holiday because those that have served have died.  Remember them!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 6 years ago

Kathleen, I always get choked up when reading that poem, especially when at the Presidio.

Diana, I'm glad you find the poem moving; I do, too, especially when reading it on site at the National Cemetery.

Amen, John.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Joan, come back any time. I'm glad you liked the post.

Laura, we'll remember them.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Very touching and lovely tribute to our fallen soldiers.....the true reason to celebrate Memorial Day.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 6 years ago

Lottie, great post for this Memorial Day Holiday weekend, and the true meaning.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 6 years ago

Roger, when I first read this poem, at the top of the hill at the National Cemetery, I was incredibly moved. I still am.

Joan, we're so fortunate living in this country. We need to remember.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

I wish I could take that hike with you!

Enjoy the holiday and have an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

I wish so,too, Roy. Enjoy your weekend.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago