Rosecrans National Cemetary, California

To all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our Liberties and Freedoms

We spent last Sunday afternoon with an amazing Photographer, Jerry Denham, exploring the Pt Loma Tide Pools, shooting the rock formations, trading tips and just enjoying the wonderous landscape. The weather in the morning was awful and we feared that we would have to cancel the session. Jerry had come all the way from Tennessee for a shoot (and Business Trip)! At noon things began to clear up and we had some great clouds. Hoping for a spectacular sunset, we stayed on the beach until a friendly Trooper signalled us to leave. We then returned up the hill to the cemetary hoping for that 5:30 sunset which would light up the sky and clouds. Instead it was rather gloomy, hence the tone of this picture. (We took a few liberties with post processing using High Dynamic Range techniques to try to capture both the beauty and tone of this setting and day).

Words do not describe this location, it seemingly goes on forever – this was just a small corner…no words, sorry.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is situated in the city of San Diego, California, on the Fort Rosecrans Military Reservation. The cemetery is located approximately 10 miles west of downtown San Diego, overlooking the bay and the city. Fort Rosecrans is named after William Starke Rosecrans, a Union General in the American Civil War.

Fort Rosecrans became a National Cemetery on October 5, 1934. The decision to make the post cemetery part of the national system came, in part, due to changes in legislation that greatly increased the number of persons eligible for burial in a national cemetery. Grave space in San Francisco National Cemetary then grew increasingly limited. In addition, southern California was experiencing a phenomenal population growth during this period, and there was a definitive need for more burial sites.

The recent addition of concrete walls for cremated remains at Fort Rosecrans in place of old chain-link fencing has allowed thousands of WWII veterans to be interred there who otherwise would not have been able to since the cemetery was closed for new burials. There are many Monuments and Memorials, here are some:

  • The granite and bronze memorial to the USS Wasp commemorates the loss of fellow shipmates when their ship was sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal on September 15, 1942.
  • The San Diego chapter of the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West installed the San Pasqual monument in 1922 to honor those soldiers who lost their lives in the 1846 Battle of San Paqual during the Mexican-American war. The monument is composed of a stone boulder with a bronze plaque mounted on it.
  • The USS Bennington Monument is a tall granite obelisk dedicated to the men who lost their lives on that ship in San Diego Harbor on July 21, 1905. The monument was dedicated on January 7, 1908.
  • The USS Ommaney Bay monument is an etched granite memorial to the men lost in action when the ship was sunk on 4 January 1945.
  • A monument dedicated to the Mormon Battalion was erected in 1998.
  • The Patriots of America memorial was dedicated in 1999 by the to honor all Americans who answered the call to arms.
  • The 3rd Infantry Division monument was dedicated on February 16, 2002. The granite memorial is dedicated to their fallen comrades.

Thanks for visiting and make sure you visit Pt Loma on your next trip to “Sunny San Diego”!

Also have a look at Jerry’s Blog and his vision of this adventure!


7 responses

  1. Such a cool shot Erik – and sounds like a fascinating place.

    February 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm

  2. While not a huge fan of massive pp. This totally works. Great shot, man.

    February 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

  3. What a wonderful and emotional piece, my friend!

    February 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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