The Presidio, long vigilant against an attack that never came, decommissioned and returned to the people as a National Park, mobilized again yesterday for one last mission...of peace.
The strategic value of the mission is obvious: in capturing the Presidio, the Kommandos seize control of the Golden Gate.
The Presidio is an essential target in another sense: it is the site of a vast peaceful invasion of tourists from all over America--all over the world.
Perhaps those tourists will carry home the Kommandos' message of peace.
This soldier guards the parade ground, now a bed of wildflowers, at Fort Winfield Scott, named for a victorious general in a long-ago war of choice. This is the symbolic value of the Presidio: a onetime military base, returned to the people for peaceful use.