The Royal Canadian Legion US Branch #25 representing the San Francisco Bay area generally organizes three formal Remembrance services each year.
Each year the branch observes Remembrance Day at Liberty Cemetery in Petaluma, CA on the Saturday before 11 November. The service begins around 11am and is supported by our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division. Following the service there is generally a no host lunch that all are invited to attend. More information can be found here.
While it began out of necessity during the pandemic, the branch continues to provide their annual Commemoration Day Virtual Service. The first of July 1916 was the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, when 806 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment climbed out of their trenches and went “over the top” at 8:45am as part of the battle of Beaumont-Hamel. In less than an hour, the regiment was devastated, most killed or wounded within the first 20 minutes of the battle. The next morning, only 68 soldiers answered the roll call. Commemoration Day was established in 1917, just one year later. The service is held on the morning of 01 July and streamed online. More information can be found here.
Each year on Memorial Day weekend the branch hosts a service at Greenlawn Cemetery in Colma, CA. The service is held on Saturday or Sunday (please consult our calendar) and generally begins around 11am. Generally speaking, the Legion hosts our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division, along with friends and family, for a small reception immediately following. More information can be found here.
Finally, while not organized by the branch, the Royal Canadian Legion US Branch #25 also regularly participates in the ANZAC Day organized by the Australian American Chamber of Commerce and the New Zealand American Association of San Francisco, along with other remembrance activities.
Please view our Photos/Videos page for images and recordings from these events over the years.