On Wednesday November 29, the caskets of Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Milk were brought to City Hall where a memorial service was held at Noon. Afterwards the rotunda was opened to the public. 10,000 people walked past the caskets during that afternoon.
Photos from San Francisco Examiner
People entered the rotunda from the entrance on the lower left (in the picture above), passed Moscone's casket, crossed over to Milk's casket and out the door at upper left. At closing time, so many people were still in line, the viewing was allowed to continue for another hour. More than 400 wreaths lined the rotunda. They came from local groups, the State, and cities around the United States.
Milk's casket with honor guard
from police, sheriff, and fire departments.
From City Hall, Milk's body was taken to Temple Emanuel where a large crowd attended a memorial service. Moscone was taken to Saint Mary's Cathedral (home of the archdiocese of San Francisco) for prayer services. A standing room crowd of 3,500 people attended. A private funeral mass was held Thursday morning.
Thursday evening a public memorial service for Harvey Milk was held at the Opera House. 4000 people were inside and another 1,000 outside listened through loudspeakers. The crowd included Milk's brother Robert, California Governor Jerry Brown, and dozens of public officials.
Service for Harvey Milk at the Opera House
One of the speakers was Anne Kronenberg, an Aide to Milk and a lesbian activist. She read a poem, written by Milk, that she found in his desk.
I can be killed with ease.
I can be cut right down.
But I cannot fall back into my closet.
I have grown.
I am not myself.
I am too many.
I am all of us.
Kronenberg brought the crowd to their feet and evoked a mixture of cheers and tears when she shouted with a raised fist,
"He knew that our time would come.
And our time is now!"