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Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno

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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.
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  • We called to walk the Cemetery and pay respects to all those who lay there, the grounds and gardens are kept immaculate, flower beds full of colour and easy walking paths, whilst visiting the Korean w...  more »
  • 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 »
  • My father and twin brother are buried here. My father's military burial was beautifully orchestrated and meaningful. It is one of the proudest moments of my life to see the American flag lowered to half staff as my father's motorcade passed by.
  • 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
  • My Dad is buried here, very peaceful and beautiful
  • Great place for a walk and place for reflection. Humbling.

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