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Golden Gate Opening 1937

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Uploaded on Nov 29, 2009

The bridge-opening celebration began on 27 May 1937 and lasted for one week. The day before vehicle traffic was allowed, 200,000 people crossed by foot and roller skate.[5] On opening day, Mayor Angelo Rossi and other officials rode the ferry to Marin, then crossed the bridge in a motorcade past three ceremonial "barriers," the last a blockade of beauty queens who required Joseph Strauss to present the bridge to the Highway District before allowing him to pass. An official song, "There's a Silver Moon on the Golden Gate," was chosen to commemorate the event. Strauss wrote a poem that is now on the Golden Gate Bridge entitled "The Mighty Task is Done." The next day, President Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC signaling the official start of vehicle traffic over the Bridge at noon.

The music is added from my favorite musician Rick Wakeman and the song comes from his 1989 album Sea Airs, and is entitled "The Sailor's Lament"
I have a great interest in vintage footage, newsreels educational movies etc. and Rick Wakeman, so thats a combination that might pop up again, perhaps with other artists aswell!

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