Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Aug. 29
Memorial Day celebration in San Diego County
Timely ceremony at Mount Soledad veterans' memorial
If you have not yet been to the Mt. Soledad veterans’ memorial, this is the perfect weekend to visit.
It is a pleasant drive while you rise more than 800 feet above the landscape, with wonderful views all around San Diego County when you reach the top of Mount Soledad, where the memorial is perched. To the East you can see purple mountains’ majesty, and to the West is the shining sea curling onto La Jolla’s lovely beaches.
The awe-inspiring place has been used as a memorial park since 1914. (And the Lindberghs used the breezy hilltop for glider flights in the 1920’s.)
The veterans' memorial displays about three thousand black granite plaques on curved walls around the towering cross, which is in the center. The plaques show the names and faces of war veterans, each has its own story. You can’t help but appreciate the bravery and sacrifice of every one.
On Monday, May 27, Memorial Day, there will be a ceremony from 2:00 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. Color guards and military bands will perform. The keynote speaker is Rear Admiral Sean Pybus, who is Naval Warfare Commander. Rear Admiral Pybus is in charge of the much-celebrated SEALS, among other responsibilities.
The sun might pop in and out of coastal clouds, you would be safe to bring a hat and sunglasses and a jacket, too. You won’t be sorry if you pack some refreshments in the car, and sit on a comfy bench to snack before the ceremony and enjoy the fabulous views.
If the 2 p.m. ceremony Monday doesn’t fit your schedule, you don’t have to wait till then. There is no charge to visit, you can come and go from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial is located at 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South, La Jolla, California 92037.
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