NEXT EVENT: May 27, 2019 at 10 a.m.

fort rosecrans

About Us

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.


Coin Available


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 Veterans Memorial Day Committee and send to:

Bryan Caraveo
6312 Rancho Mission Rd #115
San Diego, CA 92108


Related Links

San Diego County Veterans Day Parade

American War Orphans Network

USS Midway Museum

San Diego Armed Services YMCA

Warrior Foundation


San Diego Harley-Davidson

San Diego Hog Chapter

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We are a volunteer group independent of the cemetery and 100% of all donations go towards  putting on this incredible Memorial Day celebration. Expenses include Police traffic control, transportation buses, flower wreaths, insurance, scholarships, and mailings.
Use the “Donate” button above or send a check payable to Veterans Memorial Day Committee to:

Bryan Caraveo
6312 Rancho Mission Rd #115
San Diego, CA 92108

Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day Committee

Jeffrey Simonides
(619) 200-5236

Phil Bailey 

Treasurer/Ret. Navy
Bryan Caraveo

Recording Secretary
Angelique Murray 

LaVonne Simonides

Naval Base Police
Captain Pedro Lopez USMC
Floral Announcer
Robert Lewis

Committee Members
Jackie Barreto
Pat Siebert
Dan Murray  USMC
John "Brillo" Licari   USMC
Julie Licari
Evan Smith  USAF
Glen Silvers

Committee Member/Navy
Robert Carr

Sons of the American Revolution
Ernest McCullough 

San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association
Thomas M. Vilicich

Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge
Isabella Skidmore

First Aid
Andrea Hansen RN

Young Marines
Andrea Hansen