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Memorial Day then and now


Many of our dads walked across the Golden Gate Bridge on May 27, 1937 and were later fighting in World War II. Growing up, all of the houses on our block displayed the American flag on Memorial Day.

In the late 1960’s, brothers, cousins, neighbors and many classmates went to Vietnam.
No amount of medals or Purple Hearts could assuage the egregious war experience and the mind-blowing catastrophes

Young sons of my friends are now fighting in Afghanistan. Thank you.

What are you doing on Memorial Day?

San Francisco’s, Boy Scout Troop #14, heads over to the Presidio every Memorial Day weekend and places an American flag on each grave at the Presidio graveyard, the San Francisco National Cemetery. Thank you.

Music soothes the savage breast- some of us listen to classic patriotic songs:

  • America the Beautiful
  • America, My Country ‘Tis of Thee
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • God Bless America
  • Halls of Montezuma
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Yankee Doodle

Films: Others go right to all time great war movies  to remind them to ‘Remember Memorial Day’

Poetry:  there is solace in poetry:

In Flanders Fields   Lt. Col. John McCrae

The Women Who Went to the Fields  Clara Barton

Ten Poems by Grace Paley 

Be Gentle with the Warrior

Viet Nam Women’s Memorial by Emily Strange

Mid-ocean in War-time by Joyce Kilmer

Sheridan’s Ride Thomas Buchanan Read

Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Bixby –President Lincoln writes to a mother who lost five sons in the Civil War.

“Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.”    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thank you.


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