The Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day celebration is one of San Diego's largest and most celebrated memorials dedicated to our fighting men and women. On this day we honor all of our fallen soldiers and remember them for their ultimate sacrifice to our country.
The Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day Committee is comprised of War Veterans Organizations, their Auxiliaries and patriotic groups that have conducted the Memorial Services at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego for over 100 years.
A burial ground before 1847, this graveyard became an Army Post cemetery in the 1860s. It is the final resting place for most who fell at San Pasqual in 1846, and for the USS Bennington victims of 1905. At one time, it had become known as Bennington National Cemetery. It became Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in 1934 and was placed under the Veterans Administration National Cemetery System in 1973.
This cemetery is also a California registered historical landmark, #55, first registered on December 6, 1932.
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary is at capacity for casketed remains, but space is still available for cremated remains. Miramar National Cemetery, considered a 313-acre annex of Fort Rosecrans, was dedicated in January 2010 and opened for burials the following November.
Directions and Parking
Please arrive early. Parking is offsite in the Navy parking lot East of the traffic light at Electron Drive. Personnel will be at the traffic light directing drivers to that parking lot. Shuttle service will start running at 8:00 AM bringing guests to the front gate and returning them back to their vehicles when the service concludes.
Parking is also available at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park (2115 Park Blvd.) with free shuttle service to and from the service. Boarding begins at 8:00 a.m. and the shuttles depart at 8:30 a.m.
Shuttle service from Veterans Museum provided by:
Old Town Trolley Tours.
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