Sponsored by the SDSU Alumni Association's Veterans War Memorial Committee, the war memorial at San Diego State is one of few such tributes of its kind to be erected on a U.S. college campus.
Located west of the Aztec Center, the monument was designed by former SDSU art professor Jesus Dominguez. Dedicated on November 23, 1996, the memorial is a three-side, 25-foot-tall column faced with white Sierra granite and a jagged-edged top, symbolizing the deaths of fallen soldier-students.
On each of the three side panels are the etched names honoring 228 former San Diego State students who lost their lives in service to their country during the military conflicts of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam War. The monument also lists those who died in accidents while on active duty in America and serving abroad.