The day’s events, which include a traditional
military flyover, begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Main Post Parade Ground of
the Presidio with a parade up to the National Cemetery where the
Concord High School band plays until the 11 a.m. ceremony commences.
Last year the traditional Memorial Day ceremony
drew some 2,000 people, making it one of the largest events in the
country. This year in honor of the World War II Memorial in
WashingtonD.C., the U.S. Postal Service will sell commemorate stamps
with a special Presidio of San Francisco cancellation.
The Presidio cemetery was officially designated a
national site in the 1880s. More than 35,000 veterans and their
dependents are buried here, dating as far back as 1846 following the war
with Mexico. Moreover, there are more than 450 Buffalo Soldiers who are
buried in the cemetery.
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 p.m. and takes about 30 minutes.
The free PresidiGo Shuttle will take visitors
from the Lombard Gate to the Main Post and National Cemetery every 30
minutes. For more Presidio information, see the website at www.presidio.gov.
Presidio Trust Media RelationsDana PolkT: (415) 561-2710E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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