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2007 Memorial Day Ceremony at the Presidio

Honoring San Franciscans Killed in Iraq


Presidio of San Francisco (May 21, 2007) — The City’s 139th Memorial Day ceremony will take place on Monday, May 28, at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio. This year’s ceremony will include a special tribute to San Franciscans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The day’s events kick-off at 10:30 am at the Main Post Parade Ground of the Presidio (Montgomery and Sheridan Streets). Veterans and distinguished guests will join a parade to the nearby National Cemetery at 1 Lincoln Boulevard.

The formal program begins at 11 am in the cemetery and will include remarks by Congressman Tom Lantos and other notables, and music by the 91st Division Pipes and Drums and the Pleasanton Community Concert band.

The Memorial Day ceremony frequently draws some 2,000 people, making it one of the largest events in the country. The National Cemetery in the Presidio is a designated national historic landmark. More than 35,000 veterans and their dependents are buried here, dating to the 1846 war with Mexico.

Following the ceremony, National Park Service rangers will lead walks through the cemetery, highlighting the final resting place for Medal of Honor recipients and other historic figures. The guided tour begins at 12:30 pm and takes about 30 minutes.

The free PresidioGo Shuttle will begin service at 9:30 am, taking visitors from the Lombard Gate to the Main Post and the National Cemetery every 20 minutes.

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