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“Lives well lived.”

Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno, California
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Lives well lived.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

Veterans from the the Spanish American War and every war since are represented here. The uniform rows of headstones are impressive, but reading the names and dates on them give clues to the wives and children that were part of these lives well lived. A small group of comrades in arms surround the grave of General Douglas MacArthur and show the touching regard theses tough guys had for each other. An amazing place to look for our humanity.

Visited March 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“California's answer to Arlington”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

If you have an interest in history, you ought to make the trip to see the final resting place of the greatest command team in naval history. Chester Nimitz, Raymond Spruance, Charles Lockwood, and Richmond Kelly Turner agreed to rest for eternity together, along with their wives at Golden Gate National Cemetery. They have no special memorials--the simply rest side by side.

Visited July 2013
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San Bernardino, California
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214 reviews
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“A place of beauty and reflection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

It may sound odd to say that a cemetery can be beautiful, but like Arlington National Cemetery and the cemetery at the Presidio they take your breath away when you enter them. The rows and rows of white headstones laid out in symmetrical patterns make you realize how many people have sacrificed their lives or given service to their country so that Americans can continue to enjoy their freedom. As one of the guides at Arlington said, "Freedom is not free."

The Golden Gate Cemetery is in the city of San Bruno and is right across from a mall. We went to visit the grave site of my aunt and uncle who have been here since 1962. The National Cemeteries offer people a moment of peace and quiet to honor those who have served their country. A lot of thought and planning went into the design of these cemeteries to give those who have served their country a final resting place that is beautiful and peaceful.

Visited May 2013
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Waimea, Hawaii
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572 reviews
122 attraction reviews
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“For History Buffs, A Must Visit Attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

I have a special interest in the Pacific War. I translated into English the autobiography of Mitsuo Fuchida, the leader of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and spent many hours researching plans and battle movements of the US and Japanese navies.

Just minutes from San Francisco International Airport, Golden Gate National Cemetery is the final resting place of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz--in my opinion, the Great Admiral whose leadership and strategic insights played a decisive role leading to victory in the Pacific.

Admirals Spruance, Turner and Lockwood are also buried here.

The visit takes only a few minutes, but it is definitely worth a stop.

Visited May 2013
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