Hundreds of military veterans and active-duty soldiers – as well as civilians and their families and children — attended Monday’s Memorial Day Ceremony at San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio.
Seven veterans of World War II were awarded the French Legion of Honor by France’s consul general. Dignitaries including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Ed Lee paid their respects to the 36,516 Americans who died in the Korean War, which ended sixty years ago, and honored also the 1.4 million American men and women currently serving in the armed forces.
Attendees were reminded of Archibald MacLeish’s poem, “The Young Dead Soldiers”:
“Our deaths are not ours: they are yours,
they will mean what you make them.”