Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial


A BEACON OF FREEDOM SINCE 1954

Mt Soledad Memorial Day Live Event



The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and various Memorials and Museums to honor Air Force Airman First Class William Pitsenbarger (Medal of Honor Recipient), the 30th Anniversary of Desert Storm, and our nation’s heroes through a live and virtual tribute event on 31 May 2021 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (PDT) streamed right here on our home page.

This event will honor United States Air Force Airman First Class William H. Pitsenbarger whose story was portrayed in the recent major motion picture “The Last Full Measure” which showcased his story in the Vietnam War including actions which led to him being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, saving a number of American soldiers in Vietnam in 1966.  Attendees and speakers will include the Film Director, Producer, Airmen who served with Pitsenbarger, and the Army Soldiers that he saved.

“This is an unprecedented chance for us in person in San Diego, and those online, to hear the important story of Airman First Class Pitsenbarger and his sacrifice.  Such heroes and tales are important to highlight not just on Memorial Day, but each day for all of us, and especially those families and friends who lost such loved ones,” said Phil Kendro, Vice President of the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Association’s Board of Trustees and Executive Producer of the event.  “Every American has the ability to take a moment to reflect upon such persons, and they should.”

The live and online commemoration will be again hosted by National University’s Director of Public Safety Outreach, and former News Anchor Marc Bailey, with memorable Memorial Day video messages, musical performances, a wreath laying, and missing-man flyby.  

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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