Mt. Soledad Quick Facts Page
Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Quick Facts
Standing today as one of the most unique Veterans Memorials in America. The Veterans Memorial was placed on Mt. Soledad by La Jolla American Legion, Post 275. The only one to honor veterans, living and deceased, from the Revolutionary War to the current global “War on Terror.” Black granite plaques include a picture of the veteran with a brief summary of their military experience.
- Currently over 3,300 veterans are honored on six of the original Memorial Walls. Five new walls were recently constructed which will accommodate an additional 2,400 plaques.
- Honorees include Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Ford and Reagan, twelve Medal of Honor recipients, Admirals Stockdale and Halsey, Generals Pershing and Patton, celebrity veterans Audie Murphy and Jimmy Stewart and more than 3,300 other veterans with names that are not familiar, but who proudly served our country helping preserve the freedoms we enjoy.
- Major ceremonies are held on Memorial Day and during Veterans Week in November. In addition, more than 40 individual Veteran Honor Ceremonies are conducted during the year.
- The Memorial is owned by the Federal Government and maintained by the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association.
- The Memorial Association receives no funding from the Federal Government. We are financed completely through the sale of veteran plaques, Membership fees and donations. The Mt. Soledad Memorial Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit California organization.
- Plaques are available for purchase to honor any person who served honorably in the U.S. military. For details, contact the Association office at 858-459-2314.
- Volunteer Docents at the site are available to answer questions about the Memorial and to conduct brief tours of the Memorial on request. Many volunteer opportunities are available.
- Brochures describing the Memorial are available in the brochure boxes on the railings at the site.
- Cross litigation has been in the courts for over 24 years. Whatever the court’s decision, the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association will comply. Final decision date is unknown.