Memorial Day ceremony held at SF Presidio

May 26, 2008 8:59:33 PM PDT
The thought behind Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at San Francisco's Presidio was summed up by 10-year-old Emma Glickman.

"I'm thinking about how much they sacrificed and how brave they were," said Glickman.

Her father, Matt Glickman gave his three daughters a lesson today regarding the ultimate sacrifice of these soldiers. He also led them on a tour of the more than 45,000 military graves at San Francisco's National Cemetery.

"I'm thankful for all the people that served in the war. I'm sad that all these people have died," said Glickman.

The Glickman family was at the 140th official Memorial Day parade and ceremony at the San Francisco Presidio. Bagpipers led a parade of costumed soldiers from world wars I and II to the San Francisco national cemetery. About 1,000 veterans their families and others attended the ceremony.

Wreaths were laid commemorating those killed in World War I and the 4,500 killed during the past five years in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Vietnam veteran Richard Stevens says in this time of war, more people should have attended in order to honor those buried.

"I'm saddened by the general population not honoring just the military but the willingness of these young men to give," said Stevens.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier was the keynote speaker. She says a new GI bill passed by Congress should help returning soldiers from the Middle East.

"I feel very strongly that if we send our men and woman to war, we've got to protect them and provide for them when they return," said Rep. Jackie Speier (D) San Mateo.

Older veterans like Irving Frisch hope that the need to bury any new war casualties ends soon.

"I support the troops, I say bring them home," said Frisch.


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