wm-veterans-bldg-c-1000Veterans Day
November 11, 2016
SF Vietnam Memorial Rededication, Reception, & Exhibits: Open & Free

  • San Francisco Vietnam Memorial Rededication 4pm, Veterans Building 1st floor lobby
    Reception & Historical Photo Exhibit 5-6:30pm, Room 210. RSVP Ceremony/Reception  sfvietnamveteranmemorial@gmail.com
  • WWII In The Philippines Exhibit 1-4pm, Room 102
  • Not Alone: Exploring Bonds Between & With Members of the Armed Forces 3-6pm, SFAC Gallery, Room 126


san-francisco-vietnam-veterans-memorial-plaque-1000San Francisco Vietnam Memorial Rededication
4pm reception to follow
RSVP: Ceremony/Reception sfvietnamveteranmemorial@gmail.com

Join us on Veterans Day to honor the San Francisco veterans who died in service in the Vietnam War and their sacrifice with this ceremony. The Memorial, originally installed in 2001 at Justin Herman Plaza, suffered from weather and vandalism. Has been moved to the San Francisco VETERANS BUILDING. It will be rededicated on Veterans Day, November 11, at 4pm, 2016.

In addition, the rededication will recognize five service members whose names were omitted from the original memorial. The monument has been recast to include those men’s names. This effort has been led by Swords to Plowshares, the American Legion War Memorial Commission, and Country Joe McDonald.

“It has been clear for years that the old site for this important tribute to those 168 San Francisco men who were killed in the Vietnam War was not ideal. Relocating the memorial to the recently restored War Memorial Veterans Building is much more appropriate and respectful,”


Paul Cox, Chair, American Legion War Memorial Commission

Relatives Of SF’s Vietnam War Dead Sought For Memorial Ceremony Veterans groups are looking for relatives of San Francisco servicemen killed in the Vietnam War to take part in a ceremony unveiling a new memorial to the fallen. San Francisco Chronicle By Kevin Fagan, October 31, 2016. Article includes all the names of the servicemen.

War Memorial Commission, 415-861-4920, sfvietnamveteranmemorial@gmail.com


  • WWII In The Philippines Exhibit open from 1-4pm
    The Legacy of Two Nations & The Role of San Francisco During The War opened Saturday, October 15 & runs through December 16, in Room 102 (Trophy Room) in the Veterans Building. Sponsored by the Bataan Legacy Historical, Society bataanlegacy.org, American Legion War Memorial Commission, 8th District of the American Legion with the collaboration of the Menorare Manila 1945, the National Park Service, the National Japanese American Historical Society, Hamilton Field Museum and Philippine Scouts Heritage Society. Lt. Col. John Steven (retired), a hero of WWII (Guadalcanal, Okinawa), and the Korean War. Free Admission
  • Not Alone: Exploring Bonds Between & With Members of the Armed Forces open from 3-6pm
    An expansive exhibition featuring works by local and national artists and veteran artists that have been engaged with the subject matter of individuals supporting active-duty personnel and/or Veterans over long periods of time.

    SFAC: Not Alone Exhibit: Veterans, Armed Forces,
    Image: Jessica Hines, from the series My Brother’s War

    The artists in Not Alone engage in building narratives about and with members of the Armed Forces and their families through media including photography, drawings, prints, sculpture, audio works, installations and 360 video. Their works offer perspectives on a variety of topics including Veteran support networks, the experience of spouses and children of US military personnel and how Veterans examine their own identity and personal relationships. The artwork in the exhibition highlights the family members, Veterans and artists that actively seek out opportunities to connect and support their loved ones, friends, and strangers (including everyone who is impacted by seeing this exhibition).

    Not Alone 
    is curated by SFAC Galleries Director Meg Shiffler and artist, curator and journalist Jason Hanasik and features Veteran artist Rodney Ewing,  Amber Hoy, Ehren Tool, and The Exquisite Corpse of the Unknown Veteran project organized by Aaron Hughes. Exhibit runs November 9, 2016 – March 4, 2017, Artists’ Reception: Friday, November 18, 6–8 pm. Free and open to the public.

American Legion
American Legion

American Legion War Memorial Commission facilitates the use of the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building for Posts of the American Legion and Veterans Organizations to host meeting, workshops, and other activities for Veterans. Contact our offices 415 862-4920



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