SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) –The 143rd San Francisco Memorial Day Ceremony started with a parade and a procession from the Presidio grounds to the cemetery. Close to 2,500 people walked, many of them wearing their military uniforms, others waving flags. Bruce Rinadi, who served in the Air Force several years back, was one of them.

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“I’m here to honor those who have fallen, given their lives and given their time to the country,” said Rinadi.

Once at the cemetery, it was time for a few speeches, including one from Brigadier General James T. Cook.

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“It is fitting that our nation chooses the last Monday in May as Memorial Day,” said Cook. “This day marks the beginning of summer, and what could be a more fitting tribute to men and women who died in service to their country than the day that gives birth to a season filled with warmth and life?”

There was a Coast Guard Helicopter fly by, followed by well wishes for those still engaged in battle in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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