Memorial Day Commemoration in the Presidio, May 27, 2019

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Graves in the Presidio Cemetery with American flags to commemorate Memorial Day. Photo by Charity Vargas for the Presidio Trust.


San Francisco’s 151th Memorial Day Commemoration in the Presidio

The public is invited to join the Bay Area’s largest Memorial Day tribute to America’s veterans and servicemen and women at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio of San Francisco on Monday, May 27, 2019.


9:45 a.m.            Flag raising ceremony at Pershing Square on the Presidio’s Main Post
10:30 a.m.          Parade includes veterans, dignitaries, Color Guard, families and others (from the Presidio Officers’ Club to the San Francisco National Cemetery)
11:00 a.m.          Formal ceremony

Speakers include decorated veteran and historian Phil Gioia; retired Special Warfare Operator and author James Hatch; Lt. General Jan C. Hully; Gold Star Family wreath-laying in honor of US Army Corporal Sean K.A. Langevin, killed in Afghanistan in 2007. Music provided by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, Travis Brass and Tiffany Austin. Fly-over by the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco.

noon         21-gun-salute by the U.S. Army’s 84th Training Command Salute Battery
noon         Community BBQ Picnic by Presidio Foods on the Presidio Main Post (cash only)
noon         Cemetery tours led by National Park Service interpretive rangers Fredrik Penn and James Osborne


Flag Raising: 9:45 a.m. Flagpole at Pershing Square (by 50 Moraga Ave.)
Parade: 10:30 a.m. Presidio Officers’ Club (50 Moraga Ave.)
Ceremony: 11 a.m. at the San Francisco National Cemetery (1 Lincoln Blvd. at Sheridan)
Community BBQ Picnic: noon-2 p.m. on the Main Post Lawn (101 Montgomery St., cash only)

Parking at the Main Post is free on holidays, and golf carts will provide shuttle service between the Presidio Officers’ Club (and surrounding parking lots) on the Main Post to the National Cemetery beginning at 9 a.m. and running through 2 p.m.

National Cemetery in the Presidio is a designated National Historic Landmark, dating from the 1846 war with Mexico. More than 35,000 veterans and their dependents are buried there.

About the Presidio Trust The Presidio Trust is a federal agency created to save the Presidio and employ a partnership approach to transform it into a new kind of national park. Founded by Spain in 1776 as El Presidio de San Francisco, the Presidio served as a  U.S. Army post from 1846 to 1994. Spanning 1,500 acres overlooking the Golden Gate, the Presidio now operates without federal appropriations, is home to a community of residents and commercial tenants and offers unique recreation, hospitality, and educational opportunities to people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the world. To learn more, visit

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