Veterans Memorials in Long Beach
Long Beach has a long, proud history as a major naval, aviation and aerospace center for the US armed forces, making Memorial Day in the city that much more meaningful. There are numerous locations throughout the city that have either served or honor those who served and sacrificed for the freedom we enjoy today.
LONE SAILOR MEMORIAL
The Lone Sailor is a replica of an original statue located at the US Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. Still, this Long Beach version is fitting given that the city was once home to the Long Beach Naval Base and, though there are other Lone Sailor statues, the Long Beach version is the only one that looks out at the ocean. The bronze figure was placed at Bluff Park overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Oct. 13, 2004, the 229th anniversary of the US Navy.
BELMONT VETERANS MEMORIAL PIER
Constructed in 1967, the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier (35 39th Pl) pier was renamed in 2001 to honor Long Beach veterans who served and died for their country. Located at the crossing of Ocean Boulevard and 39th Place, the pier–1,800-feet long with a hexagonal area at the end that is popular with fishermen–features benches honoring specific battles while medallions on the pier’s deck honor individual veterans.
ROSIE THE RIVETER PARK MEMORIAL WALL
Rosie The Riveter Park (4900 E. Conant St.), is a three acre park adjacent to the former Douglas Aircraft Plant. It has a walking path with a historical timeline etched in the pavement along with symbols and quotations detailing the events of World War II. A memorial acknowledging that "All Gave Some and Some Gave All" and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), is tucked into a grove of trees, surrounded by flowers. There are also banners honoring the 15 people from Long Beach who died in Iraq and Afghanistan since the Sept. 11 attacks.
LONG BEACH VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL
Designed by a Long Beach City College art student, this memorial features a U.S. Army helicopter, known by veterans as Huey, that logged more than a thousand combat hours in Vietnam. The memorial, dedicated in 2000, is located at Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave.), 26-acres that includes a community recreation and senior citizen center as well as multiple baseball and soccer fields, playground, tennis and basketball courts as well as skate park.
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS VETERANS MEMORIAL
This memorial, located at the southeast corner of Lakewood Boulevard and Carson Street, was dedicated by the employees of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation which built numerous important, iconic military aircraft. The memorial, dedicated to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who have served the country in war and peace, was especially meaningful to Douglas employees since more than 12,000 Douglas Corporation employees have been killed in service to our country since Pearl Harbor.
The Iowa (250 Harbor Blvd., San Pedro) will be at the center of Memorial Day weekend activities, serving from May 26-29 as the focal point for Fleet Week, the annual celebration honoring the United States Sea Services.There will be many activities including military displays and equipment demonstrations of helicopters and tanks, aircraft flyovers, armed forces competitions ranging from cook-offs to dodgeball. There will also be plenty of live entertainment, and an Expo adjacent to the Iowa will have more than 80 exhibitors.