For the first time in 152 years, the Memorial Day commemoration next the the Golden Gate Bridge, at the Presidio of San Francisco, almost did not happen. Usually, 2000 people show up to pay their respects to people who died while serving in the military. Like all events this year, the pandemic threatened its continuation.
But today, a group of determined veterans from the @heartandarmor team got permission and collaboration from the VA and Presidio to orchestrate an unpublicized, emotional and socially-distanced ceremony in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, amidst 30,000 headstones.
They laid a wreath for Adrianna Vorderburggen, KIA in 2015 in Bagram. A poem, a moment of silence, and a promise to be there on May 31, 2021. The streak of 152 consecutive annual ceremonies remains alive, as do the memories of all who have served this country.