TRIBUTE TO THE PAST - A LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE~
The United States Marine Corps has been
a valuable neighbor of San Clemente since the early 1940's when
the Marine Base was
established and dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
This community has seen Marines pass through our town during World
War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. They have
been our neighbors, sons, daughters, husbands, wives and community
leaders. As a community, we have honored them with barbecues and
parades, but we have not honored them with a permanent reminder
of our respect and appreciation for them.
Board of The Heritage of San Clemente Foundation, a non-profit
organization, has decided that it is appropriate to honor them
in a manner that will be a permanent reminder that their heroism
is an important part of San Clemente’s heritage. Therefore
we launched a private fund raising drive to erect a Marine
Corps Monument in San Clemente. The community was asked what type
of statue would be appropriate and they have chosen the Dress
Blue Uniform as the one that is most symbolic of The United States
Marine Corps. It is a life-sized bronze statue placed in the newly created Park Semper Fi located in the Pier Bowl where residents and visitors alike can view it. The Monument was dedicated on Saturday, November 12, 2005 at noon in commemoration with the Marine Corps 230th Birthday.
Monument will, for all time, attest to the Corp’s honor,
courage and commitment in service to our nation. This is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity for us to come together to honor the Marines, to confirm
our heritage, to share with our community, and with each other,
and to leave a lasting and glorious legacy for the future.
you be a part of this continuing fund raising by contributing to this effort.
We are establishing an endowment to maintain Park Semper Fi and the Monument. Your contribution is tax deductible and will be very much appreciated.
Eggleston, Executive Director
The Heritage of San Clemente Foundation
City Council Member
Dedicated on November 12, 2005
click here for the pics!