Presidio Memorial Day Tribute to Vietnam Veterans
Memorial Day is a time for remembrance to all of the veterans who serve for our country. This memorial day pays a special tribute to the 58,000 lives lost in the Vietnam War and those who served. Today also helps raise awareness that 20% of the homeless are Veterans. San Francisco has a city wide initiative to end homelessness among Veterans with a program called Homes for Heroes. Here is the overview of the program from Swords to Plowshares.
In 2013, San Francisco was selected by a joint task force of key communities by the VA, HUD, and USICH to be a part of an intensive and proven model of collaboration called the Rapid Results Veterans Boot Camp. With expert advice from the Rapid Results Boot Camp, San Francisco’s team set the goal of housing 100 chronically homeless veterans in 100 days, ending September 30, 2013 setting a new permanent housing placement rate of 30 chronically homeless veterans per month community wide. The strategic focus on chronically homeless veterans and increased placement rate will puts San Francisco on track to reduce the chronically homeless veteran population to zero by the end of 2015.
In order to maintain the new pace and meet the goal, local homeless veterans need safe, decent housing and landlords who are willing to work with the partnership. The challenge is that veterans are given their HUD-VASH rental assistance voucher faster, but many are still unable to locate an apartment in the currently competitive rental market. Landlords interested in renting to veterans, contact the San Francisco Local Homeless Coordinating Board at the Human Services Agency at 415-557-6007. To find out more ways to help out Veterans click here.
Memorial Day Ceremony in the Presidio
May 26, 2014
The official San Francisco Memorial Day commemoration will take place on Monday, May 26 at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio, 1 Lincoln Blvd. This year’s ceremony will pay tribute to Vietnam Veterans. The annual commemoration begins with a parade of the 191st Army Band, veterans organizations and distinguished guests.
10:30 AM – The parade starts at the Main Post (near Sheridan and Lincoln Boulevard), and ends at the San Francisco National Cemetery.
11:00 AM – The formal program begins with speeches from veterans and dignitaries.
12:00 PM – A 21-gun salute by the U.S. Army’s 75th Pacific Division signals the end of the program.
Location: To access the San Francisco National Cemetery by car, you need to drive through the Presidio. Your best bet is to enter through either the Lombard or Arguello Gates. Follow the signs to the Main Post.
San Francisco National Cemetery History
The San Francisco National Cemetery started as a small space to bury those serving in the military at the San Francisco Presidio. They expanded it over the years and today it is close to 30 acres.
More than 30,000 people that served in the military are buried here. The most noteworthy are the 35 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.