Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony on July 11 in the Presidio

Another key milestone in our long journey to build the Korean War Memorial will soon be upon us. On July 11, 2015, a formal Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place on the Memorial site in the Presidio of San Francisco. And not long after that date, this symbolic ceremony will be followed by the commencement of major landscaping and construction.

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Site of the future Korean War Memorial, looking west at the Golden Gate Bridge

The Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place from 10:00 to 11:30 am on the Memorial site, at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Sheridan Avenue in the Presidio, adjacent to the entrance to the National Cemetery where 2,273 Americans who fought in the Korean War are buried. Korean War veterans and their families and friends; donors; members of the media; and other supporters are invited to join us.

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Map showing location of of the future Korean War Memorial

Distinguished guests will include U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California (invited), Representative Kim Jung-hoon of the Republic of Korea National Assembly (confirmed), former Secretary of State George Shultz and San Francisco Chief of Protocol Charlotte Mailliard Shultz (invited), U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi of California’s 12th Congressional District (invited), San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee (invited), Republic of Korea Consul General Han Dong-man (confirmed), Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton (invited), former KWMF President and former U.S. Congressman Pete McCloskey (confirmed), and of course current Korean War Memorial President Judge Quentin L. Kopp (Ret.).

The event will begin with brief remarks by several of the distinguished guests, followed by the ceremonial groundbreaking complete with hard hats and gold shovels. Complimentary light refreshments will be served, and nearby parking will be available. The formal invitation and full program are being finalized now and will be sent out soon. If you would like to receive an invitation and program, please contact Eleanor Zapanta of our staff at, 415 921 1933. Please provide your full mailing address, email address, and phone number. Thank you. We hope to see you on July 11 for this exciting Korean War Memorial milestone.

To attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony on July 11, RSVP now to:

Eleanor Zapanta
Phone: 415 921 1933

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