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  • 05/22/2015

    Memorial Day Decorations at the Life Saving Service Cemetery at G Ranch. © Elaine Straub
    Location: Historic Life-Saving Service Cemetery | Map Time: 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Vinay Mistry Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 415-464-5130

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Point Reyes National Seashore will be honoring America's fallen at on Friday, May 22, 2015, at the historic graveyard located at G Ranch. Join the National Park Service and the U.S. Coast Guard at 8 am for services at the Historic Lifesaving Service Cemetery. The small cemetery contains the graves of five surfmen who died serving their country as part of the lifesaving crew that operated on the Point Reyes Headlands. Over the course of 78 years, crews saved over 240 lives while participating in an estimated 100 rescues in cold Pacific Ocean waters.

8 am Flag Ceremony
9 am to 9:15 am Brief history of the U.S. Lifesaving Service and Biography of Individuals Buried in the Lifesaving Service Cemetery
9:35 am Benediction
10 am to 10:30 am Tour of the USCG Communications Area Master Station Pacific (CAMSPAC) for NPS personnel. Other memorial service attendees may be able to go on the tour. Bring government issued photo ID, i.e., drivers license, passport.

The cemetery is located on a beautiful knoll overlooking Drakes Estero just off Sir Francis Drake near the Coast Guard facility (CAMSPAC) in the northern district of Point Reyes. A new parking area has been constructed on the Coast Guard access road and the cemetery is a short walk from the paved access road. Parking near the cemetery is limited and participants may need to park their vehicle on the shoulder of the CAMSPAC access road. Participants should where comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. To visit the gravesite, contact the Bear Valley Visitor Center at 415-464-5100 x2 x5 for directions or click on the following link:
Directions from the Bear Valley Visitor Center to the Historic Life-Saving Service Cemetery

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