Memorial Day 2019

This past Saturday, US Branch #25 of the Royal Canada Legion hosted its annual Memorial Day service at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Colma, CA.  Below are some pictures and a video from the event, as well as the program for the service.

San Francisco Bay Area Branch 25
The Royal Canadian Legion

Memorial Day Service

Greenlawn Memorial Park – Colma, California
Saturday, 25 May 2019 – 11:00 am

Under the direction of
Past President Dennis Edmondson


Order of Service

Welcome and Invocation                               Dennis Edmondson, Past President                                                                                                                      

Post Colors on the Flag Poles

National Anthems Presented

“O Canada!”

“The Star-Spangled Banner”

“God Save the Queen”

The Parade Salutes and Color Guard Present Arms

“In Memoriam”                                                                             Siefken Krieger

“The Battle’s O’er”                                                                                                                Piper

A Two-Minute Silence is Observed

Acting Chaplain                                                                           Margaret Krieger                                 

The Act of Remembrance

“They shall grow not old, as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”
Response from all: “We will remember them.”

“Flowers of the Forest”                                                                                    Piper

Placing of the Wreath

“O God Our Help in Ages Past”                                                           Cadet Choir

Acting Chaplain                                                                           Margaret Krieger                                                                            

Close and Response

Today we remember and pay our respects to those comrades
whose death we mourn, but whose spirit still lives.
May we strive to promote unity and the spirit of comradeship,
never forgetting the solemn obligation we have assumed as members
of the Royal Canadian Legion and remembering them, may we ever pray,
Lord God of hosts be with us yet. Lest we forget
Response from all: “Lest we forget.”

“Amazing Grace”                                                                                             Piper                                                        End of Service


O Canada!

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada!
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land
glorious and free!
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.

The Star-Spangled Banner

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars
through the perilous fight, o’er the ramparts we watched,
were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave –
O’er the land of the free
and the home of the brave.

God Save the Queen

God save our gracious Queen
Long live our noble Queen
God save our Queen!
Send her victorious, Happy and Glorious,
Long to reign over us;
God save the Queen!

* * *

Cadet Choir, Color Guard and Grounds Preparation courtesy of
The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Arkansas Division
under the direction of
LTJG Gabriel Mikulich, Commanding Officer
and LTJG Vivian McBride, Executive Officer

Hal Wilkes, Piper


The flags are proud to decorate the graves
Of heroes; catching every breeze that blows,
They shout, significantly, truth that saves
A world almost accustomed to it woes.
They speak of boys with blood red as the rose,
Who sacrificed young lives and happy dreams
To learn a mystery nobody knows…
To fly beyond familiar hills and streams. 

The rose is proud to bloom upon the beds
Of soldiers; every flower tries to press
Toward sweet perfection. Lilies lift white heads
In hallowed ground, and spill their loveliness
Upon the sleeping heroes. We confess
To obligations scarcely felt before.
Shall we, the living, feel our sorrow less
If we make peace our goal, and rule out war?

Here are some additional photos that were shared with us.

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