Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial


A BEACON OF FREEDOM SINCE 1954


Veterans Day 2022

The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial will honor the Navajo Code Talkers through a live in-person and virtual tribute event on Sat., Nov. 5, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (PDT) streamed right here on the Mt Soledad Website.

Our keynote speaker will be U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. James A. Ryans, Assistant Division Commander, 1st Marine Division. He previously served as a Commanding Officer at the company and battalion levels and has deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan.

We are excited to honor the legacy of Navajo Code Talkers on this year’s Veterans Day. The first class of 29 Navajo code talker U.S. Marine recruits completed initial training in 1942 and these men developed a unique military code using their mostly unwritten language, and were placed in a guarded room until this task was completed. Eventually, more than 400 code talkers would serve in the U.S. Armed Services with 12 still listed as missing in action (MIA) today. Despite their heroic contributions during World War II, American Indian code talkers had to keep their work secret until 1968. While there was some recognition in the 1970s and 1980s, it wasn’t until 2001 when Congressional Gold Medals were awarded to the Navajo and other code talkers. Regan Hawthorne, CEO of the Navajo Code Talkers Museum will be in attendance and one of our guest speakers.

The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial is one of the most unique veterans’ memorials in the nation and stands high on La Jolla’s Mt. Soledad, offering panoramic views of San Diego County.  It is the only Memorial that honors veterans, living or deceased. More than 5,800 individual veteran tributes, embedded on black granite plaques, are mounted onto 11 curved walls honoring our military veterans.  

The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial is located at 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South, La Jolla, CA 92037 and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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San Diego’s National Treasure

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Considered one of the most unique veterans memorials in America. The only memorial that honors veterans, living or deceased, from the revolutionary war to the current war on terror, with an image of the veteran.

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial has stood at the height of San Diego since 1954. It has gone through many trials to be what it is today—A Beacon of Freedom. Thousands of people that stood before our memorial were able to honor and recognize the thousands of military men and women who sacrificed for this country. We have the unique duty to create plaques for all military people—living or deceased—so that all members of the armed forces can be thanked for their service. Those who are recognized have served the Revolutionary War, both World Wars, and even today’s War on Terror. 

Every plaque lists each veteran’s or serviceperson’s accomplishments during their term. If not for their hard work and love of our country, we would be barren of witnessing such selfless courage and dedicated heroism. We, as a memorial and country, are founded on their service.

Visiting Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial commemorates the sacrifices made not only by servicemembers, but also by the people who have kept Mt. Soledad Memorial operating. Our volunteers and ever generous donators are another reason the memorial has continued to operate. They have kept the plaques clean, parking lots trash free, and our presence known. 

We hope to see you at the Veterans Memorial!



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