November 27 is a sensitive day for San Francisco.
Anyone who lived in this city in 1978 remembers that morning, four days after Thanksgiving, when Supervisor Dan White walked through City Hall with a revolver and shot and killed Mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, the city's first openly gay supervisor.
So on Tuesday, 34 years after the tragic incident, city officials, the Milk and Moscone families, LGBT supporters and much of the San Francisco community gathered on the steps of City Hall in memory.
"Let's get this straight: George and Harvey did not die heroically. It was a senseless act," said Jonathan Moscone, George's youngest son, according to SF Appeal. Jonathan was a 14-year-old freshman at St. Ignatius High School when his father was killed.
White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter instead of murder, a decision that led to the violent White Night riots at City Hall. The conviction was widely viewed as too lenient, and made famous the "Twinkie defense" that helped White in court.
"Don't think I didn't smile when I heard Hostess was going under," Jonathan said to the crowd on Tuesday.
Jonathan called on crowd members to live their lives like Milk and his father, both considered champions for equality and civil rights.
"We're all agents of change like George and Harvey were," he said. All of us have a voice."
Other speakers expressed the same sentiment.
"Harvey Milk was a visionary whose life and death had a profound effect on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community," said Anne Kronenberg, Milk's former aide, per SF Weekly. "He is remembered for his passion and his perseverance in his quest for equality for all people."
Mayor Lee, former Mayor Willie Brown and State Assemblman Tom Ammiano also spoke at the event.
"You might take away the messengers, but you're not going to take away the message," said Ammiano, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
After the memorial, the crowd began its annual march to the Castro District to meet at Milk's old camera store.
See more about the life of Harvey Milk in the slideshow and video below.
Harvey Bernard Milk is born in Woodmere, New York
Milk served in the Navy. He was honorably discharged.
Milk moves to the Castro and opens Castro Camera.
Milk is elected to the Board of Supervisors for District 5 in his fourth run for elected office. He is the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States.
Dan White assassinates Milk and Mayor George Moscone at City Hall. That night, more than 30,000 people march from the Castro to City Hall and hold a candlelight vigil.
Dan White is convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to seven years in prison. Thousands of people throw rocks, break windows, and set police cars on fire around City hall. Later that evening, several officers in riot gear arrive at the Elephant Walk Bar on Castro Street and beat patrons at random. These incidents become known as the White Night Riots.
After being nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the film Milk wins Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Sean Penn).
First Annual Harvey Milk Day
Bob Filner, a Democratic San Diego congressman, proposes the U.S. Navy name a ship after Harvey Milk.