- 16 Mar
A Tribute to California's Military Heroes
— Governor Pete Wilson, 1998
These words from Governor Pete Wilson's address at the dedication of the California Veterans Memorial in December 1998 express the intent of the monument. It is a moving remembrance of the more than five million Californians who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since statehood in 1850.
The memorial is located in a quiet area of the park surrounded by a grove of mature trees. An arc of flags representing the various branches of the U.S. military, borders a 30-foot, black granite obelisk.
The effect inspires awe and patriotic reflection. The hardships endured by California veterans and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make are evident. In erecting and visiting the monument, Californians show their gratitude.