Pause for a moment and hit rewind
photographs memories and storylines
You’ll have to go back 150 years to find
the roots of today’s celebration…
Once dreamers and schemers and pioneers
staked their claim to the future, not the past
establishing community within schoolhouse walls
with grassroots wisdom passed along
one generation to the next then the next
moment after moment in time
That’s why we gather here this day
to offer thanks to each of those
who chose to stay and build and grow
San Ramon, the place we call home
they did it with bravery faith hope and love
though they couldn’t foresee the world we now know
So while we pause to give thanks for our history
Let’s fast forward through time
to imagine our city in the next 150
the year will be twenty one sixty seven
how much will the story have changed by then?
a lifetime we can’t even fathom
Who will be our descendants,
future San Ramon city celebrants
marking time when they hit pause themselves?
they’ll give thanks and remember
how it started and grew
strengthened through time and good planning
our legacy rooted in stories unknown
past present and future entwined, ever new
History unfolds. History repeats. History endures.
History is alive.
Happy 150th Birthday, San Ramon.