About the Memorial


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To create a monument honoring veterans who have served our country, as both a unique registry of our military heritage and to educate the public on the contributions of military personnel throughout our nations history.

The Memorial Today

Memorial Walls
Veterans Memorial Walls at Mt. Soledad, La Jolla, CA
  • Six concentric walls will ultimately hold 3,200 black granite plaques purchased by
    donors and engraved with the names and photos of war veterans – currently more than
    2,700 are in place
  • Each plaque “tells the story” of a veteran’s military service or that of
    a group’s military service
  • Unique memorial that honors U.S. veterans – living and deceased – that have
    been honorably discharged from any branch of the U.S. military
  • Includes uniformed members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast
    Guard also Merchant Marine veterans who served during WWII
  • Originally dedicated as Korean War Veterans Memorial in 1952
  • Large American Flag proudly flies over the Memorial
  • 23 bollards honor community and veteran organizations (sold out)
  • Brick pavers honor veterans and supporters of Mt. Soledad (pending replacement of
    walkways by 2010)
  • Open to the public
  • Docents available
  • Volunteer opportunities exist

Where Thousands Gather To Honor Our Veterans

Annual Event Programs on Memorial and Veterans Day

  • Speakers from active and retired military
  • Community and political leaders
  • Military bands and color guards
  • Spirited music from local groups

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Special Events All Year Round

  • Ceremonies for family and friends to honor veterans or groups whose plaques are installed
    on the Memorial Walls
  • Gatherings for veteran reunions and other commemorative anniversaries
  • Association speakers free of charge at your club, organization or group location
    or at the Memorial site


A view that reaches out for miles…

From the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial, 822 feet high above San Diego County, a
360-degree, awe-inspiring view stretches:

  • South to panoramic views of San Diego, Coronado and beyond to Mexico,
  • North to include University of California at San Diego, and Torrey Pines cliffs and
    golf course, to
  • East to purple-hued mountains, and
  • West to the Pacific waters at the shores of La Jolla

The Soledad Natural Park surrounds the memorial with:

  • Wide-open grass areas,
  • Benches on which to rest and enjoy the sights, and
  • Descending nature walkways to view the native chaparral and abundant wildlife.


An Important Part of San Diego History

  • First used as a Memorial Park in 1914
  • Used by the Lindberghs for glider flights in the 1920′s
  • Part of the military’s early-warning defense system in WWII
  • 29-foot cross dedicated on April 29, 1954 to honor Korean War veterans
  • Long used by planes and ships for navigation
  • Transferred to Federal Government August 14, 2006 as National Veterans Memorial


Original dedication ceremony
April 18, 1954

Mt. Soledad Memorial Association – honoring veterans since 1952

  • Founded by The American Legion Post #275, La Jolla, California
  • Designated as a California Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation
  • Purchased land in 1992 at the top of Mt. Soledad, now the site of Veterans Memorial
  • Consistently selects veterans and community leaders to serve on Board of Trustees
  • Sponsors annual Memorial and Veterans Day tributes
  • Conducts Veterans Honor Ceremonies that honor veterans whose plaques are installed
    on the Veterans Memorial Walls

Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial transferred to the Federal Government

  • In August 2006, the Memorial was officially transferred to the Department of Defense.
  • The Memorial is now managed and operated by Commander, Navy Region Southwest located
    in San Diego, California.

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