In celebration of the 89th anniversary of Armistice Day and the end of World War I, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present a weekend of special programs at the Legion of Honor. Museum admission is free for all active duty military personnel and veterans during the weekend of November 10–11.
On Saturday, November 10, the Legion will present a special screening of the award-winning documentary The Rape of Europa (2006). Filmmaker Richard Berge, who co-produced, wrote, and directed The Rape of Europa, will introduce the film. Seating for The Rape of Europa is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Theater doors open at 1:00 pm. Tickets will be available at the Legion admission desk on November 10.
At 4 pm on both days, organist Robert Gurney performs patriotic music, including works by Rodgers, Berlin, and Sousa, on the Legion’s 1924 Skinner organ. In addition, the Book of Gold, a commemorative book created by museum founder Alma Spreckles containing the names and hometowns of all Californian soldiers, sailors, and marines killed in the First World War, will be on display through the weekend.
This Veterans Day also marks the 83rd anniversary of the founding of the Legion of Honor by Adolph and Alma Spreckles. The museum was a gift from the Spreckles family in 1924 to the city of San Francisco in commemoration of California solidiers killed in World War I.