I thought of heading up to Mt. Soledad for the Memorial Day ceremony this afternoon, but the thought of crowds and a parking hassle was just too much. Instead, I went for a long walk!
My brilliant plan was to head up Park Boulevard to check out the Veterans War Memorial Building in Balboa Park, just north of the San Diego Zoo. The War Memorial Building was built in 1950 to honor Americans who’d served in the military overseas. Certainly something had to be going on there for Memorial Day!
Boy was I wrong.
The place was dead. Closed. No people. Nothing. Not even a flag on the flagpole. They couldn’t even raise a flag for Memorial Day?
The plaque reads:
SAN DIEGO VETERANS WAR MEMORIAL BUILDING
DEDICATED BY THE CITIZENS OF SAN DIEGO AS A LIVING MEMORIAL TO OUR HONORED DEAD OF ALL WARS AND TO THOSE AMERICANS WHO HAVE FOUGHT FOR THE FOUR FREEDOMS
FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION
FREEDOM OF EVERY PERSON TO WORSHIP GOD IN HIS OWN WAY
FREEDOM FROM WANT
FREEDOM FROM FEAR