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Memorial Day at Greenlawn Cemetery

Earlier today, Fred Rutledge – President of US Branch #25 – spent some time at Greenlawn Cemetery in Colma (one of the two cemeteries our branch helps to maintain).

Comrade Rutledge reports that it was a warm and breezy day, with hardly a soul in the cemetery.  He put the Canadian, American, and Union Jacks flags up on the flagpole.  There was one family that had placed Canadian and United Kingdom flags by their family’s markers, and another who had placed fresh flowers on the marker from another family.

Finally, the latest group of memorial name plaques for those who have passed recently, but are not buried at Greenlawn, were now on the central memorial.

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?

In Memory Of Our WWI Veterans This Memorial Day Weekend

An item from the World War One Centennial Commission.

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National WWI Memorial View

We’re getting close to putting a shovel in the ground for the National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C.

We started at $50 Million and we only have $13 Million to raise in order to get started this fall. That is tremendous progress, so I know that together we can do it.

Thanks for your friendship, interest and support with gifts, guidance, and commitment as we seek to remember those who, as our Chairman is fond of saying, “left their homes to fight in a war they didn’t start, in a land most had never visited, in the name of peace and liberty for people they didn’t know”.

Our Doughboys did it then.

You can help get this done now.

If you have given before, please consider another gift, large or small, in Memory of the Doughboys, on this special weekend when we remember those who sacrificed. Every dime goes to our Doughboys’ Memorial.

And if you have not donated to the National WWI Memorial in Washington – now is a really important time for you to join in the effort.

Whether you can give a gift right now or not, thank you for being part of the community that is remembering the significance and the sacrifice of our men, women and nation in WWI.


Dans Signature

Daniel S. Dayton
Executive Director
U.S. World War One Centennial Commission

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Honoring heroes this Memorial Day…

An item from the National Parks Foundation.

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Dear Michael,

This Memorial Day, we hope you will take a moment with us to reflect on the reason the holiday was created: to honor those who gave their lives in service to our country and, ultimately, to all of us. There are many national parks where you can learn about military history and remember those who fought and died for our country.

Known or unknown, each soldier’s life or death was meaningful to someone. Many historians cite May 1, 1865, as the first Memorial Day, when 10,000 individuals, mostly freed men and women, held a ceremony to honor the dead Union soldiers in Charleston, South Carolina. More formal commemorations grew from these early gatherings in both the North and the South.

By the 1890s, Memorial Day was a noteworthy holiday across much of the country, and the tradition has continued through the passing decades. Commemorations today range from simple ceremonies to elaborate displays, like the annual Fredericksburg National Cemetery Illumination, where 15,000 candles are lighted — one candle in honor of every soldier buried within its walls.

We hope you are able to visit a national park and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country!


Katherine Chesson
Vice President, Programs and Partnerships

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