Golden Gate National Cemetery is a U.S. National Cemetery in California, located in the city of San Bruno, 12mi south of San Francisco. Because of the name and location, it is frequently confused with San Francisco National Cemetery, which dates to the 19th century and is in the Presidio of San Francisco, in view of the Golden Gate. Around 1937, San Francisco residents voted to bar the opening of new cemeteries within the city proper and, as a result, the site for the new national cemetery was selected south of the city limits in adjacent San Mateo County.HistoryCongress authorized construction of the facility in 1937, with the first interments in 1941. The cemetery was officially dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1942. California Attorney General Earl Warren (later Governor, then Chief Justice of the United States) was keynote speaker at the ceremony. Golden Gate is one of a large number of U.S. Army-planned cemeteries started in the 1930s and completed during the 1940s. They were designed specifically to provide abundant burial opportunities in locations around the nation in cities with very large veteran populations.Our San Bruno vacation planner makes visiting Golden Gate National Cemetery and other San Bruno attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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When you walk among the headstones in this National Cemetery, you feel the emotions and feelings of our great country. We went to the Memorial Day Celebration at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in S... more »
Heading to Golden Gate Bridge, we passed this cemetery and had to stop. It's big and powerful to see, very moving. more »
Stop here almost every trip in and out of SFO. It is calm and peaceful, a great place to reflect on the sacrifices of our servicemen through the many conflicts fought to protect our freedom. There are... more »
How do you review a National Cemetery where our service members have been laid to rest? As a former servicemember myself I feel like I have something in common. My father, who served in three different war's (WWll, Korean Conflict, Vietnam) is also laid to rest here with my mother. My grandfather served in WWl, so I have a connection with places like this. I can only add that this is a very beautiful place with soldiers dating back as far back as the 1700's. Rest in peace Dad!
My Father served in War war 1 and War war 2 in the United States Navy, Father, Mother, Sister is here. It's beautiful and blessed
Great place for a walk and place for reflection. Humbling.
The cemetery is not as picturesque as Arlington or Punch Bowl, but it is still a respectful final resting place for our veterans. Good times to visit are Memorial Day and Veterans Day when there are commemorative events, Independence Day when local scouts plant a flag on every grave, and around Christmas when some areas have wreaths on the graves. We have also been here when the traveling replica of the Vietnam War Memorial came through.
Boy Scouts put little flags in every grave for memorial day. Very respectful.
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