I was at Vista Point at the end of the Marin side of the Golden Gate Bridge and came upon the "The Lone Sailor" Monument- the plaque on it reads:
The Lone Sailor
This is a memorial to everyone who ever sailed out the Golden Gate in the service of their Country – in the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, the Merchant Marine.
A ship heading for sea passes directly by this spot at the northern end of the Golden Gate. Here the Sailor feels the first long roll of the sea, the beginning of the endless horizon that leads to the far Pacific.
There is one last chance to look back at the city of San Francisco, shining on its hills, one last chance to look back at the coastline of the United States, one last chance to look back at home.
Thousands and thousands of American seafarers have sailed past this place, in peace and war, to defend this Country and its sea frontiers. Many of them never returned. This monument is dedicated to the ordinary Sailors and Marines who sailed from this place and did their duty.
This memorial is one of 14 across the country that copies the original which is at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington D.C.:
It is a great tribute to the all the sea services that have come in and out of the San Francisco Bay.
The grey day suits the photos!ReplyDelete
Great shots - I've seen similar tributes and memorials on the east coast and the Great Lakes. There is a lot of danger in a life of sailing, but it most be wonderful too.ReplyDelete
hi Patrick I've been to the Golden Gate Bridge but never saw this monument. Thanks for sharing with us at #BloggersPitStop and have a great weekend.ReplyDelete
What a fabulous tribute. Thanks for sharing this with us.ReplyDelete
Thanks for linking up with us Patrick at #overthemoon it is a lovely memorial and I enjoyed learning about it. Have a great week!ReplyDelete