San Francisco National Cemetery
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History Walk Among the Gravestones
Located in the Presidio, the San Francisco National Cemetery was the first national cemetery established on the west coast. It is the final resting spot for over 30,000 soldiers, family members, and other notable figures. A walk among the white gravestones tells the story of America’s involvement in foreign wars from California’s founding through Desert Storm. There are tombstones for Civil War veterans, Buffalo Soldiers, a Union spy, Medal of Honor awardees and many other unsung heroes. From the cemetery you have a good view of The Palace of Fine Arts, a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition.
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