Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

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Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,333 contributions
We had read about this Memorial located on the top of a hill. Since it was not too far away from where we were staying, we decided to come here with the family.

The Memorial honors Veterans spanning the era from the Revolutionary War up to the present time War on Terrorism. We found it to be a dignified, respectful and touching tribute to all the branches of service. The design with the bricks and the circular pathways leading up to the large Cross at the top were an impressive and laudatory way to celebrate the lives of the famous and the not-so-famous Veterans. We loved the fact that they have photos and a small bio attached to the names on the granite walls. This makes it so much more personal even if you do not know the people represented here.

It was not at all crowded on the afternoon that we visited, so it felt really peaceful and relaxing simply sitting on the steps taking in everything, or just walking around reading as many plaques as we could. The lovely stories were quite absorbing.

After paying our respects and taking some photos, we walked around the area on the grass and the hiking paths enjoying the spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of the city. We were on the highest point in the area, and the day was sunny and clear, so the expansive views were quite stunning. A good pair of binoculars would have enhanced our viewing pleasure of all that distant beauty. Oh well … Next time.

The place is easy to find, free to visit and there is plenty of parking. So I would recommend just going there for a short visit if you have the time. It can get pretty windy and cool, so make sure you carry a light jacket.
Written July 2, 2021
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Stephan Hegans
Stockton, CA6 contributions
Always remember the troops that have fought for America. After you show your respects spend your time enjoying the view of most of San Diego from top' the hill. From the coast to I think the outskirts of La Jolla you can see the city life bustle and the wind in the trees rustle.
Written August 12, 2020
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Dale M
Brookline, MA8 contributions
Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial is a gem that awaits your discovery. In addition to honoring veterans, living or deceased, from the Revolutionary War to the current war on terrorism, with an image of the veteran, it offers one of the most spectacular views in the entire city. It's easy to find, has reasonable onsite parking and a portable restroom. Because of its height and proximity to the coast, the marine layer can limit your viewing pleasure. However, on clear days it's truly a spectacular place to visit. Weekends can be crowded, while weekdays improve your chances of locating a good parking spot. As with all outdoor activities in San Diego, a hat and sun screen are recommended. Also, a good pair of binoculars will add to your viewing pleasure.
Written January 23, 2020
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BruinDan
Fullerton, CA2,360 contributions
The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial is considered one of the most unique veterans’ memorials in the United States, as it is the only such memorial to honor veterans (living and deceased) from the Revolutionary War to the current global War on Terror. My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting this memorial during the latter part of September 2021.

There are a number of walls that are covered with thousands of black granite plaques that each include a picture of the veteran with a brief summary of their military experience. Honorees include Presidents, twelve Medal of Honor recipients, celebrities, and veterans from all service branches, from generals to privates.

It is a relatively short drive from La Jolla Village to the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. The views at the memorial are amazing (Mt. Soledad is the highest point in La Jolla), but of greater significance is the memorial itself. Thanks to the friendly and informative docent, we learned some of the interesting, inspiring and touching stories behind some the honoree plaques there. It was a truly moving experience.

We saw a number of people drive up, take quick photos of the cross and the view, and then leave -- by doing that they definitely missed out. We left feeling truly humbled and so grateful to those veterans who have courageously served our country.
Written October 12, 2021
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FloridaSunDevil
West Palm Beach, FL835 contributions
During our too short visit to San Diego, our hosts took us to see the memorial. Easy to get to with parking. The memorial honors veterans from the revolutionary war to the present time. It also honors those still living. The wall containing photos of the veteran's including medals and other memorabilia is moving. As an aside, the view from the "mountain" is gorgeous. Definitely worth a short visit to honor the fallen.
Written May 26, 2020
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Kewstokie
London, UK86 contributions
Dignified place of remembrance of those who answered the call of their country. We spent more time there than we intended, absorbed by the individual stories covering all the 20thC conflicts. Photographs of the combatants bring the stories to life.
The location gives outstanding views on a clear day, and adds to the touching tributes. Recommended.
Written March 20, 2020
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Stephanie P
Kuwait City, Kuwait51 contributions
Mt Soledad offers amazing views of San Diego. But on top of that, the monument in itself is very impressive and it's so poignant to see the history of all these men and women that are recognized on the monument. You feel very serene up there.
Written December 1, 2020
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db7477
Carlsbad, CA2,419 contributions
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We visited the monument after spending the day in La Jolla Cove. The drive climbs and twists through the residential neighborhood. The views at the top are spectacular in all directions. The cross and memorial are well worth a visit. Families of veterans have submitted some very moving tributes to their loved ones.
Written February 25, 2020
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AEM7AC
North Bellmore, NY165 contributions
It's a beautiful well kept and solemn site, but don't expect views of downtown. The views of the area are wonderful, but I wouldn't go out of my way to come here unless I was passing by, especially since the drive up is on relatively steep roads.

Now, if your family member is honoured here, this was a beautiful way of cementing their legacy and remembering their sacrifice to our country, and you definitely should visit.
Written February 16, 2020
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JSL
Pocomoke City, MD12 contributions
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I didn't even know that Mt. Soledad existed until the bus driver explained where he was taking our tour group. But even he could not explain just how gorgeous the cross is and the view of the valley below. The wall is amazing with the pictures and information of persons who served in our Armed Forces. Just the idea of saving that piece of land, the cross and what it means is astonishing to me. When you visit Mt. Soledad, be sure to read up on it first. I believe you will appreciate the site so much more. We loved the peacefulness also.
Written March 16, 2020
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