I’m not really a regular visitor to cemeteries but San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio is one that is special to me. I think it’s the sloping green lawns, views of the San Francisco Bay and city of San Francisco, and the military history that attracts me to this special place.
I had driven by National Cemetery so many times on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and finally, a few years ago, I stopped to take in its beauty and enjoy its silence. 30,000 soldiers, family members, and notable people lay at rest at San Francisco National Cemetery. There’s something about the symmetry of the hills of headstones that I find very soothing and peaceful.
This tranquil place out of the hustle and bustle of the city is mostly devoid of tourists; I rarely see more than a few other people across the nearly 29 acres that San Francisco National Cemetery inhabits. For me, National Cemetery is a calming place where I get to learn a little bit about some folks that served our country.