Next Event: May 26, 2025 at 10 a.m.

Thank You!

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Our thanks to the Scripps Howard Fund for making a $1,250 donation to help fund our 2024 Memorial Service and Day of Remembrance.

The Scripps Howard Fund is a public charity that supports philanthropic causes important to The E.W. Scripps Company and the communities it serves.

About Us

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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 National Cemetery Support Foundation 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 closed to new interments. The only interments that are being accepted are subsequent interments for veterans or eligible family members in an existing gravesite. Miramar National Cemetery, considered a 313-acre annex of Fort Rosecrans, was dedicated in January 2010 and opened for burials the following November.

Coin Available

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You can purchase this coin for $20, including shipping within the USA. The Fort Rosecrans side has the American Flag waving over the graves of the fallen. The other side shows  “A Garden of Heroes,” the foundation that supports both the old and the new cemeteries. Make check payable to "Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Support Foundation" and send to:

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Support Foundation
PO Box 710053
Santee, CA 92071

We are a volunteer group independent of the cemetery and all donations go towards putting on this incredible Memorial Day celebration. Our expenses include bus transportation from parking lots to cemetery entrance, event permit fees, chair rental, printed programs, security and police assistance, portable restrooms and hand washing stations, signage and banners, bottled water, first aid supplies and scholarship awards for graduating high school seniors. Any gift you can provide is most appreciated.

Use the “Donate” button above or send a check payable to "Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Support Foundation" to:

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Support Foundation
PO Box 710053
Santee, CA 92071

Foundation Executive Board

Chairman
Jeff Simonides

Treasurer
Bryan Caraveo

Secretary
Jill Millard

Foundation Members

Committee Members
Phil Bailey
Phil Hersey
Jerry Koehlmein
Robert Lewis
Dawn-Marie Marino
Jill Millard

Thomas Vilcivich

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