A Contribution from TGWS Member Herb Stickel

Photos from the Great War Society's 2002
Armistice/Remembrance/Veterans Day Event

On the beautiful sunny morning of November 11, 2002 the Great War Society joined with the Gold Star Mothers of America to rededicate their monument in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The memorial lists over 700 sons and daughters of the San Francisco Chapter of the Gold Star Mothers who fell in the Great War. Great War Society Membership Chairman Mike Hanlon served as Master of Ceremonies and represented the organization in the wreath laying ceremony that marked the rededication. Patrice Marlowe and Laverne Fortes who both lost sons in the Vietnam War represented the Gold Star Mothers.

The Gold Star Mother's Memorial is located in Golden Gate Park near Fulton and 11th Avenues. It was dedicated in 1932 and rededicated in our ceremony 70 years later.

Guests arriving.

Up close of the audience during the event.

Master of Ceremonies Mike Hanlon assists with the reading of names from the monument. Part of the ceremony was the reading of each name on the monument. Every attendee was asked to read a selection of the 700 names.

Patrice Marlowe and Laverne "Connie" Forbes lay the wreath marking the rededication assisted by George Young and Mike Hanlon of the Great War Society

Laverne Forbes and Patrice Marlowe of the Gold Star Mothers. They asked that this message be passed on to our membership:

I wish to thank you for driving us to and from the Gold Star Mother's Memorial at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and for your great hospitality. We enjoyed meeting the members who attended. It was such a wonderful experience for Connie Forbes, my daughter-in-law, Sandra, and myself. All three of us were honored to be a part of this ceremony


Patrice Marlowe, President
San Jose Chapter
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

The Doughboy Statue at Golden Gate Park's Doughboy Meadow site of the event Picnic. The meadow is about a quarter of a mile directly west from the monument.

Group photo at the picnic site. About a third of the group had departed prior to this photo.

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