Watch our 2022 Virtual Service here on May 30 @ 10a.m.


Scholarships Available

The Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Support Foundation is proud to offer a local Scholarship to the graduating high school seniors of San Diego County. No minimum GPA is required! Students must submit a completed application, official transcript, letter of recommendation and original essay of 1,000 words or more. Essay topic is included in the scholarship application.

The number of winners and amount of the award varies from year to year. Applicants must attend a high school within San Diego County, be enrolled in a Post-Secondary program by Fall of 2022, and be a legal citizen/permanent resident of the USA.

Application deadline is May 31, 2022. All San Diego seniors are encouraged to apply! Click here for the application form.

Congratulations To Our Scholarship Awardees


Congratulations to the 2021 Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day Scholarship awardees:  (left to right) Ben Davis, attending Berkeley; Croix Black, attending Yale; Ryan Spaulding, attending SDSU. 

About Us


The Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day celebration is one of San Diego's largest and most celebrated memorials dedicated to our fighting men and women. On this day we honor all of our fallen soldiers and remember them for their ultimate sacrifice to our country.

The Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Support Foundation is comprised of War Veterans Organizations, their Auxiliaries and patriotic groups that have conducted the Memorial Services at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego for over 100 years.

A burial ground before 1847, this graveyard became an Army Post cemetery in the 1860s. It is the final resting place for most who fell at San Pasqual in 1846, and for the USS Bennington victims of 1905. At one time, it had become known as Bennington National Cemetery. It became Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in 1934 and was placed under the Veterans Administration National Cemetery System in 1973.

This cemetery is also a California registered historical landmark, #55, first registered on December 6, 1932.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary is closed to new interments. The only interments that are being accepted are subsequent interments for veterans or eligible family members in an existing gravesite. Miramar National Cemetery, considered a 313-acre annex of Fort Rosecrans, was dedicated in January 2010 and opened for burials the following November.

Coin Available


You can purchase this coin for $20, including shipping within the USA. The Fort Rosecrans side has the American Flag waving over the graves of the fallen. The other side shows  “A Garden of Heroes,” the foundation that supports both the old and the new cemeteries. Make check payable to "Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Support Foundation" and send to:

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Support Foundation
PO Box 710053
Santee, CA 92071

We are a volunteer group independent of the cemetery and all donations go towards putting on this incredible Memorial Day celebration. Our expenses include Police for traffic control, transportation buses, flower wreaths, insurance, scholarships, and mailings.

Use the “Donate” button above or send a check payable to "Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Support Foundation" to:

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Support Foundation
PO Box 710053
Santee, CA 92071

Foundation Members

Jeffrey Simonides
(619) 200-5236

Treasurer/Ret. Navy
Bryan Caraveo

Recording Secretary
Jerry Daly

LaVonne Simonides
Floral Announcer
Robert Lewis

Committee Members
Phil Bailey
Byron Frankenberger
James Hardie
Jerry Koehmlein
Dawn Marie Marino
Ken Orloff
Lisa Sitko
Evan Smith  USAF

San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association
Thomas Vilichich

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