San Francisco Veterans Honored

Photo courtesy of the SF Memorial Committee.

In June of 1965, President Lyndon Johnson came to San Francisco to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the United Nations. This was as the Vietnam war was raging in South Vietnam.

Here is a clip from the ceremony that was held June 25, 1965 in our War Memorial Opera House:

San Francisco’s War Memorial and Performing Arts Center is the pair of buildings known individually as the Opera House and the Veteran’s Building, separated by a formal courtyard and garden in our Civic Center. Both buildings opened in 1931 to honor those who served in World War 1. Today the Opera House, with 3,100 seats, plays host to performances by our San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet companies.

On the other side of the courtyard is the Veterans Building. The official delegates who created the United Nations charter walked from the Opera House, across the courtyard to what we now call Herbst Theater, to sign the charter. The Veterans Building is still important today:

A memorial to honor veterans was originally proposed for the courtyard in 1931, but was not built due to a lack of funds.  A modern sculpture was finally approved, built and dedicated in October of 2014. It is called a “Passage of Remembrance,” pictured above. And the Veterans Building is going through a seismic retrofit and will be open again later this year.

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