I used to be an Education Volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific. I am also an avid fan of the Long Beach Symphony Philharmonic and seeing their concerts at the Performing Arts Center in Downtown Long Beach.
How is this relevant?
Well, on the bus rides to those places you pass Lone Sailor Memorial in Bluff Park.
This bronze memorial statue is a replica of the original Lone Sailor statue that was cast by Stanley Bleifeld. The original statue was made in 1987 and is located in the Washington D.C. granite plaza that forms the amphitheater of the U.S. Navy Memorial.
Surprisingly, out of all twelve of the Lone Sailor statues, the one located in Long Beach is the only statue that physically faces the open ocean.
The statue is located on Ocean Boulevard at Paloma Avenue. It was first placed in Long Beach on October 13, 2004 (the 229th anniversary of the creation of the United States Navy) and was officially dedicated on December 11, 2004 in honor of the brave men and women who gave their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
This statue stands to proudly commemorate “the past and present service of all men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation on the seas.”
I have had family members who have served in the military and have considered serving in the Navy many times myself. The honor and sacrifice it takes to serve your country, especially when it comes to paying the ultimate price. Having memorials such as these is the least we can do to honor their noble sacrifices.
Every time I’ve taken this route, and passed this statue, I have wondered what it was and what it resembled. I’m glad I decided to finally visit this memorial and appreciate its full history.
[background history and quote found at longbeach.gov]