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2015 Memorial Day in the Presidio, 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.

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.

"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®

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Comment balloon 13 commentsLottie Kendall • May 21 2015 09:39AM

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Lottie

my idea of camping is the Marriott

Posted by Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man (HomeSmart) over 4 years ago

Lottie, hope everyone can take some time out over this weekend to celebrate our military men and women, and those that have passed!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 4 years ago

 Lottie,

That sounds like a wonderful camping trip to go on. It is great to reflect and be thankful for those who lost their lives fighting for our freedom.

Bless you!  Jan

Posted by Jan Sohlman, RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) over 4 years ago

Wow Lottie. That is a powerful message. Our flags are flying high and will be for a few weeks. Thanks for sharing your post.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 4 years ago

Lottie this is an excellent Memorial Day event, and I agree with Joe, that is a powerful message.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 4 years ago

Hi Joe Petrowsky and George Souto - every time I jog/walk passed the National cemetery, I have to stop and re-read this poem; it is hauntingly beautiful.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing information on these events. 

The poem provides an important message for all of us.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

Hello, Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA and Jan Sohlman - well, there is a group camping ground in the Presidio, but most people head out of the city to some of our great nearby parks and open spaces for camping. For those in the City on Monday, this memorial parade and program is well worth attending.

Joan Cox - a trip to the Presidio is probably in order for me on Monday.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Hi Roy Kelley - no matter how many times I stand above the National Cemetery reading the lines of the poem, I'm touched, especially by these lines:

"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"

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Lottie, I feel the spirit of the holiday is lost for many.  My body rolls with goose bumps when I see military cemeteries and read such profound words.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 4 years ago

Kathleen Daniels - you and I really need a Presidio walk together some day.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Lottie, I hadn't seen this poen about the young dead soldier in a long time. It's so moving and thanks for posting it. Enjoy your weekend.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 4 years ago

It doesn't matter how many times I see this poem Nina Hollander , I still am moved by it.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

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