2011 Memorial Day at the Presidio - continued

May 28, 2011

Continued from part one.

The ceremony began with a short parade from the parade grounds in front of the old Officers Club up to the cemetery. There were as many as twelve cars in the parade, most of them from the San Francisco Model A Club and B&B Hobbies.

Our cars decorated with flags looped through the cemetery and parked on both sides of the roadway near the speakers rostrum. Many of the cars were built prior to WWII but some were built during the Korean and Viet Nam War eras. The cars complimented the event and will play an even larger part in future years.

Following a twenty one gun salute to end the ceremony, we traveled up to the Presidio Golf Course Cafe for lunch. The day was not without a few glitches. Some of us took an alternate route to the Presidio and to the Golf Club. The Mahls had a flat and lost a clevis pin out of a rear brake rod. Thanks to some tie wire and a 3/8 extension, repairs were made sufficient to get them home. Yes! They now own the Bent Rod Award.

This day has become a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family get-togethers, fireworks, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500. However, there is no better way to celebrate the day than by attending a Memorial Day Celebration. Memorial Day is one day we set aside as a nation to honor our fallen heroes. So, put some flags on the old car and join us next year on the last Monday in May.

Back to part one of the article and the photos.