R3 was proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Mt. Soledad Veteran’s Memorial on Memorial Day. Marine Corps Major Megan McClung was honored as the first female Marine officer to be killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as the first female graduate of the United States Naval Academy to be killed in action since the school was founded in 1845. Major McClung was serving as a Public Affairs Officer in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. The keynote speaker, Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, a retired three-star general who served in the United States Army and as the brigade combat team commander in Ramadi, Iraq. was credited with fostering the Sunni Arab “Awakening” movement which was instrumental in turning the tide of the war.
As one of the most unique veterans memorials in the USA, Mt. Soledad is proud to honor veterans, living and deceased, from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Eleven curved walls contain more than 5,000 black granite plaques honoring our service men and women. Towering 822 feet above sea level, Mt. Soledad provides a stunning viewpoint of the entire San Diego region. On a clear day, one can see towns in Mexico to the south, to the mountains of Los Angeles in the north. As the highest point in the La Jolla area, Mt. Soledad gives a breathtaking view of Miramar Air Station, Torrey Pines Golf Course, UC San Diego, and more.