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The Young Dead Soldiers - a poem

For Information on 2017 Memorial Day Activities at San Francisco's Presidio, check out the blog post. 

Almost every year I re-post the following poem which is engraved on a marker near the top of the National Cemetery in San Francisco's Presidio.

Read on and see if it is as meaningful to you as it is to me:

Memorial Day in San Francisco

The Presidio in San Francisco 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.


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

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547






Comment balloon 8 commentsLottie Kendall • May 27 2017 07:13PM


Not really a weekend to BBQ.  It is also time for celebration of life and deceased love ones.


Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 3 years ago

Thanks Lottie Kendall, This is such a important Holiday for all our vets.  

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 3 years ago

Please give a thank you for all who have and continue to serve this Great Country this weekend

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 3 years ago

A highly appropriate message for Memorial Day, which is a somber time of respect and remembrance, not balloons and sales - at least in my world. Thank you.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 3 years ago

Lottie Kendall Great post. Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day weekend as well.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 3 years ago

That is a very nice poem and definitely worth posting every year!  I hope that your day will be enjoyed!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) over 3 years ago

Lottie - thank you for sharing the passionate poem. It speaks to me deeply and I'm glad you posted it. We should never forget our service men and woman who have paid the price for the ultimate sacrifice.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 3 years ago

We (husband, 15 year-old granddaughter and I) attended the Memorial Day program in the Presidio today. There were several very moving speeches, especially one by a severly wounded veteran. Our district supervisor read "The Young Dead Soldiers" poem. Memorable.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago