Memorial Day in San Francisco

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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.

 

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Rainmaker
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Kathleen Daniels
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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.

 

May 24, 2014 01:15 PM #1
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Diana White-Pettis
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Lottie, this is so touching.  Thanks so much for sharing!

May 24, 2014 01:36 PM #2
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John McCormack, CRS
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May God Bless American and the American soldiers.

May 24, 2014 01:37 PM #3
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Joan Whitebook
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What a nice post and tribute to our American soldiers.  I miss San Francisco.

May 24, 2014 01:44 PM #4
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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com
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Lottie - What a wonderful way to remind everyone that we have a holiday because those that have served have died.  Remember them!

May 24, 2014 02:49 PM #5
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Lottie Kendall
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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.

May 24, 2014 04:00 PM #6
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Lottie Kendall
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Joan, come back any time. I'm glad you liked the post.

Laura, we'll remember them.

May 24, 2014 04:00 PM #7
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Very touching and lovely tribute to our fallen soldiers.....the true reason to celebrate Memorial Day.

May 24, 2014 07:12 PM #8
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Joan Cox
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Lottie, great post for this Memorial Day Holiday weekend, and the true meaning.

May 24, 2014 11:24 PM #9
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Lottie Kendall
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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.

May 25, 2014 12:15 AM #10
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Roy Kelley
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I wish I could take that hike with you!

Enjoy the holiday and have an outstanding week.

May 25, 2014 02:02 AM #11
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Lottie Kendall
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I wish so,too, Roy. Enjoy your weekend.

May 25, 2014 03:58 PM #12
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