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SF Honors Legacies of Milk, Moscone 35 Years After Assassinations

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San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk. (CBS)

San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Mayor Ed Lee and State Senator Mark Leno were among the leaders gathered on the steps of San Francisco City Hall Wednesday to mark 35 years since the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

Early Wednesday evening, a crowd of about 200 people joined a somber and solemn ceremony to commemorate the tragic day and to honor Moscone and Milk’s legacies.

The two men were fatally shot by disgruntled former city supervisor Dan White on November 27, 1978.

The speeches and ceremony started at 4:30 p.m., followed by a procession down Market Street to the intersection of Market and Castro Street, in the heart of the district that Milk represented.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who was president of the Board of Supervisors at the time, remembered the day of the shooting “as if it were yesterday” and called the event one of the hardest moments of her life as well as of her political career. Feinstein succeeded Moscone as mayor following the assassination.

Feinstein called Moscone a popular mayor and said San Francisco can always be proud of electing Milk, the first openly gay elected politician in California.

A candlelight march back to City Hall took place Wednesday night. Many of those involved said they wanted to politicize the march by focusing on affordable housing in San Francisco.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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