The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. In addition to performances by Marine Band San Diego and a flyover of the San Diego Salute Formation Team, our program will feature a keynote address from Vietnam veteran and former US Attorney Robert Brewer and a Memorial plaque presentation to United States Navy Commander (ret) Henry James Bedinger, a Vietnam Prisoner of War for more than three years at Hoa Lao - the infamous "Hanoi Hiliton." This event is open to the public and free to attend.
The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial will mark this year’s Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m. with a ceremony honoring our nation’s veterans and commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. The event will feature two highly decorated veterans who served in Vietnam: former United States Attorney Robert S. Brewer, Jr. and retired U.S. Navy Commander and former Prisoner of War Henry James Bedinger.
As an official partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, an initiative authorized by Congress, the ceremony will honor the service and sacrifice of all veterans and their families, with special recognition paid to Vietnam-era veterans, Prisoners of War, and those still Missing in Action.
Our Keynote Speaker, former U.S. Attorney Robert S. Brewer, Jr., served in Vietnam as an Airborne Ranger and Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army. He received a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for his heroic combat service. Mr. Brewer went on to become a prominent San Diego litigator after receiving his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He then served as the Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County and Assistant District Attorney for California’s Central District. On January 16, 2019, he was sworn in as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of California.
This year’s Honoree and Special Guest Speaker is Henry James “Jim” Bedinger, Commander, U.S. Navy (ret). Mr. Bedinger served in Vietnam as an A-4 Radar Intercept Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation. On November 22, 1969, he was forced to eject over Laos. He was taken as a Prisoner of War and was held at Hoa Lao for 1,223 days until his release through Operation Homecoming. Mr. Bedinger continued to serve in various assignments, including at the Pentagon and with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired on August 1, 1989, from the Naval Training Center San Diego and continues to call San Diego home.
The ceremony will be emceed by former San Diego Police Officer and news anchor, Marc Bailey, and will feature performances by Marine Band San Diego and an honorary flyover by the San Diego Salute Formation Team.
The public is encouraged to attend this free event. Free parking will be available at the Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church and the French American School.
About Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial
Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial stands high atop the coastal peak of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla, California. The Memorial’s mission is to honor our nation’s veterans and preserve their legacy. It is the only Memorial to do so for both living and de
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