Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Centennial at the Grass Roots: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Gold Star Mothers Memorial, Heroes Grove, Golden Gate Park

A memorial ceremony commemorating the Centennial of World War I was held on Saturday 25 August 2018 at Golden Gate Park's Heroes Grove in San Francisco. The centerpiece of the grove is the Gold Star Mothers' Rock, which bears an inscription that displays the names of 758 local people who lost their lives during World War I. Two adjacent stones were added at the site to honor the upcoming centennial on  11 November 2018.

From 10 a.m. to noon, numerous volunteers worked to clean up the site and help with new planting. The Grove's gardener provided tools and directions for plantings and light clearing, and coffee and water were provided for the volunteers.  

The commemoration service, which took place from noon to 1 p.m., was convened by Major General James M. ("Mike") Myatt, USMC (Ret.), former CEO of the Marines Memorial Association in San Francisco. 

Photos by Thai Chu of Alive by Shooting/Thai Chu Photography. Story by Diane Rooney of the World War One Historical Association.

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like this memorial had been somewhat neglected and I'm glad you're bringing it to our attention. A beautiful location.