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California has so many memorials dedicated to the veterans of the US Armed Forces. Most are public buildings, or simple memorials in outdoor parks. Others stand out because of their location and other factors. If you happen to be close to one of these or any of the other memorials on Veterans Day, be sure to stop and be thankful.

Veteran’s Museum in San Diego has exhibits about the major conflicts and rotating exhibits as well. It is located in a gorgeous corner of Balboa Park.

Mt. Soledad Veteran’s Memorial in La Jolla has 360 views from the area’s highest point. The memorial itself is one of the finest on the California Coast.

The Memorial on Mt. Soledad

Heisler Park Veteran’s Memorial in Laguna Beach is located in one of the most beautifully landscaped parks around. Not to mention the stunning nearby beaches.

Belmont Veteran’s Memorial Pier in Long Beach extends far out into the water. At the end you’ll find a restaurant and incredible views. With a long pier, a wide beach, and a paved path you can walk for miles.

Veterans Park in Redondo Beach is next to one of the finest piers in Southern California, the Redondo Beach Pier. 

Memorial Court in San Francisco has a simple memorial, but this small park is framed by three architectural wonders in the city by the bay.

Santa Monica Veterans Memorial is uniquely design with five pillars aligned to cast one shadow at sunset on Veterans Day. It’s in a beautiful place with stunning views.

Attractions on this map

  • Veterans Park

    Veterans Park is the large grass park just south of the Redondo Beach Pier. It has many picnic tables surrounded by trees and is just a short walk from the […]

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  • Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier

    Belmont Shore, a distinct area of Long Beach California, stretches along 2nd Street and Ocean Avenue on the southern most end of the city. It has its own shopping district, […]

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  • Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial

    Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial stands tall above La Jolla and the entire San Diego region. It’s a special place that evokes strong feelings. Each plaque on the walls has […]

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  • Heisler Park

    Heisler Park is walking distance from the heart of Laguna Beach, CA. This lovely park has gorgeous landscaping, many places to enjoy ocean views, and access to some hidden beaches […]

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  • Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

    The Veterans Museum is located at Inspiration Point in San Diego’s Balboa Park. This is a museum that honors the memories of the men and women that served in all […]

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  • Memorial Court

    This small but powerful memorial to our veterans is worth visiting on your next stay in San Francisco. The courtyard is flanked by the War Memorial Opera House on one […]

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  • Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial

    The Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial is located in Atascadero Lake Park at the corner of Morro Road and Portola Road. It has a brick walkway known as the Pathway […]

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  • 5 Pillars of the Santa Monica Veterans Memorial - photo by Raymondtan85 flickr

    Santa Monica Veterans Memorial

    Five pillars cast unique shadows every day at this California veterans memorial, but on the most special day of Veterans Day, they are designed to be aligned as the sun […]

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