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The Last Survivors of the '06 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Will Gather at the Westin St. Francis to Share Memories of That Fateful Morning 100 Years Ago.

SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden  -- At 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18th, More Than a Dozen Survivors Will Gather at Lotta's Fountain Lotta's fountain was dedicated in 1875 at the intersection of Market Street where Geary and Kearny Streets connect in downtown San Francisco, California.

The cast pillar with a drinking fountain at its base was donated to San Francisco by the entertainer Lotta Crabtree.
 & Then Proceed for a Special Breakfast

Once again, the historic Westin St. Francis will sponsor the 100th Anniversary of San Francisco's Great Earthquake and Fire. For the tenth consecutive year, the St. Francis is Francis I, king of France
Francis I, 1494–1547, king of France (1515–47), known as Francis of Angoulême before he succeeded his cousin and father-in-law, King Louis XII.
 proud to provide deluxe de·luxe also de luxe  
Particularly elegant and luxurious; sumptuous: deluxe accommodations; a de luxe automobile.

 complimentary accommodations, overlooking Union Square, for the remaining survivors of the 1906 Earthquake on Monday, April 17th, the night before the infamous '06 Quake Quake - A string-oriented language designed to support the construction of Modula-3 programs from modules, interfaces and libraries. Written by Stephen Harrison of DEC SRC, 1993.  and Fire. After their VIP check-ins, the survivors will gather for a welcome reception in a private hotel suite where they will be given their itinerary for April 18th.

Everyone will report to the Powell Street Lobby of the St. Francis at 4:00 a.m. on April 18th for their annual group photo on the steps leading to restaurant Michael Mina Michael Mina is an award-winning American celebrity chef and restaurateur, based out of San Francisco, California. He is also a super chef. Biography
Egyptian-born Michael Mina was raised in Ellensburg, Washington.
. From there, they will be transported in vintage cars vintage car

a car built between 1919 and 1930

vintage car ncoche m antiguo or de época

vintage car vintage n
 and police cars with sirens Sirens

with song, bird-women lure sailors to death. [Gk. Myth.: Odyssey]

See : Enchantment


their singing so sweet, it lured sailors to their death. [Gk. Myth.: Hamilton, 48]

See : Singer
 on to Lotta's Fountain for the commemorative com·mem·o·ra·tive  
Honoring or preserving the memory of another.

Something that honors or preserves the memory of another.


Since 1916, the "South of Market Boys" have been honoring those brave and hardy souls who rebuilt the city from ashes. Lotta's Fountain was a meeting place for survivors to find out the fate of their families and friends in the hours and days that followed the devastation.

A large crowd is expected to be present at the fountain on Tuesday morning at 5:00 a.m. including survivors of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, members of the Hook & Ladder Society, The South of Market Boys and representatives of the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments. After the traditional singing of "San Francisco," a minute of silence is followed by the eerie ee·rie or ee·ry  
adj. ee·ri·er, ee·ri·est
a. Inspiring inexplicable fear, dread, or uneasiness; strange and frightening.

b. Suggestive of the supernatural; mysterious. See Synonyms at weird.
 wailing of a dozen sirens at 5:13 a.m. (the moment the quake struck).

Following the ceremony, the landmark Westin St. Francis, one of the last survivors in the 1906 Great Quake, will host a special, private "Survivor's Breakfast" on the spectacular Imperial Floor at 7:00 a.m. where the media can meet one-on-one with the survivors. Executive Chef Bernd Liebergesell will re-create the famous breakfast served 100 years ago by Chef Victor Hirtzler.

                          The Imperial Floor

                              Created by
                         Chef Victor Hirtzler
                            April 18, 1906

                         Chilled Rhubarb Stew


    Assortment of Thinly Sliced Seasonal Fruit and Berries, Yogurt
                             Dipping Sauce


                Variety of Morning Pastries to include:
            Butter Croissants, Muffins and Danish Pastries


                             Stewed Prunes


                          Rice Griddle Cakes
            Made with "Flannel" Pancake Butter, Maple Syrup


                        Freshly Scrambled Eggs
               With Black Truffles in Pastry Vol au Vent


                      Southern Hominy with Cream

                 Recreated by Chef Bernd Liebergesell
                            April 18, 2006

The St. Francis gained fame during the morning of the quake because she was unhurt by the earth shaking and only minutes after the disaster calmed distraught dis·traught  
1. Deeply agitated, as from emotional conflict.

2. Mad; insane.

[Middle English, alteration of distract, past participle of distracten,
 guests with a "business as usual" breakfast in the Cafe. In fact, the St. Francis was known as a "safe-haven" and other nearby severely damaged hotels sent their guests to the St. Francis for safety. Bathrobe-clad hotel guests walked to the St. Francis and were instantly relieved when they entered the lobby.

The most famous arrival was the New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 Metropolitan Opera Company's star performer Enrico Caruso, who enjoyed a full meal and tipped each of the chefs $2.50 for their dedication to great hospitality under the most extreme circumstances.

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