Fort Rosecrans Goes to War

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Date: November 24, 2014
Contact: Eileen Martinez, Phone number: 619-557-5450, ext. 4572

This December 7th marks the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States entry into the Second World War.  On Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, Dec. 7th, Cabrillo  National Monument will host a World War II Living History event to commemorate this pivotal moment and honor those that served and lived through this era. 

History will come alive as the park is transformed back into 1940s Fort Rosecrans. Historical reenactors will represent the men and women of the US Army and members of the 19th Coastal Artillery.  World War II vehicles, tents, and various displays will be set up around the park.  Historic structures, including the army radio station and the observation bunker, will be open for viewing.  

Highlight of this year’s event will be a live broadcast feed from the annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration at the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii. Activities include a vintage car show, flyovers, a mess hall and special programs include a unique civilian perspective from Point Loma and an original play performed on site. Full schedule of activities follow:

Saturday December 6, 2014

9:00am – Park Opens – (coffee and doughnut service for donation)

9:15am – Presentation of Colors (traffic circle)

10:00-2:00pm – Lady Liberty Vintage Car Show (1:30 winners announced)

11:00am – Flyover, Air Raid Re-enactment

11:30am – 1:30pm – Mess Hall Style Lunch (suggested donation)

1:00pm – Flyover, Air Raid Re-enactment

2:00pm – “WWII Comes to San Diego” oral history presentation by Dedi Ridenouer

5:00pm – Park Closes


Sunday December 7, 2014

7:30am – Park Opens 

8:30am – Presentation of colors (traffic circle)

9:30am – 73rd Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony, live broadcast from Hawaii (auditorium)

11:30am – 1:30pm – Mess Hall Lunch (suggested donation)

2:00pm -  “Blackout at Battery Cliff” a production by Tim West, Artist in Residence

1700 – Park Closes

* Programing may be subject to change 

This program is made possible by volunteers from the San Diego Military History Association, 

Fort MacArthur Military Museum and the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation.

Cabrillo National Monument, located on Point Loma at the south end of Catalina Boulevard, is open daily from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  For additional information call 619-557-5450 or TTY 619-222-8211, or visit our web site at

Last updated: February 27, 2015

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