When our country is in peril, Americans – and especially those from El Cerrito and the San Francisco Bay Area – are quick to rally to her aid. When we’ve fallen victim to brutal attacks, our men and women fight with uncommon valor. During times of crisis, our patriotic emotions are there for all to see. We wear our colors and put flags on our cars.
Of course, we show our patriotism during times of triumph, as well. Who can forget the famous photographs of people dancing in the streets of our cities when World War II was over? Or the overwhelming feeling of pride in the United States at our hockey team’s Olympic victory over the Soviet Union in 1980? Or the other awakening that occurred when our national team beat Mexico and advanced to the semifinal round of the 2002 World Cup? We’re sure you can think of many other examples of moments of national pride.
On a hillside overlooking the Potomac River, in the center of a gleaming white amphitheater, stands the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The remains of this unidentified World War I American soldier were interred there in 1921. Since then, that hero has been joined by others “known but to God,” from other times, and other battles. People gather at this site several times a day, to be inspired by the ceremony of the changing of the guard. The place and the ceremony are at the heart of American patriotism and our reverence for veterans.
Another way we express our patriotism is by setting aside certain days of the year to remind ourselves what our country means to us, celebrate her victories, and pay tribute to those who have been taken by tragedy. We celebrate Memorial Day, 4th of July, Pearl Harbor Day, Patriots’ Day, and Veterans Day.
As Veterans Day is upon us, we begin to think about all the American veterans who have served our country. Without them, our country wouldn’t be what it is today. We wouldn’t be the “land of the free” if we weren’t also the home of the brave. Our freedom is precious. On November 11th, we remember and honor our veterans who have kept us safe every single day. While we can never repay them for their service, sacrifice, and courage, we can offer our thanks, and honor the life they led.
At Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary, we want to say thank you to those brave men and women that have defended our freedom.
Honoring Our Veterans
All honorably discharged veterans deserve to be recognized, and when they are laid to rest, they deserve the highest honors. At Sunset View Cemetery, we can help you navigate the process to show respect to veterans. Our compassionate, experienced team works closely with families to create a personalized tribute that celebrates the life, accomplishments, and contributions of our American heroes. Families can choose to include custom headstones, military honors such as U.S. burial flags or the playing of Taps, memorial burials, and much more. Whether traditional burial or cremation is chosen, our staff can also help guide the family in filing the paperwork necessary to make sure their loved one receives all the benefits for which they qualify. Talk to our professionals to learn about the different ways you can honor your veteran loved one.