2021 “Eye of Diablo” Beacon Lighting Ceremony (Concord)
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California State University, East Bay Concord Campus | 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road in Concord
Submitted by the Event Organizer
On December 7th, Mount Diablo’s Beacon will be relit by survivors of Pearl Harbor
Commemorating Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
A day that will live in infamy, and in our hearts forever.
The Beacon was originally lit by Charles Lindbergh in 1928 to assist in the early days of commercial aviation. The Beacon shone from the summit of Mount Diablo each night until December 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
It was not relit until December 7, 1964, when Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief of Pacific Forces during World War II, attended a ceremony on Mount Diablo’s summit in commemoration of the survivors of Pearl Harbor. He suggested that the beacon be lit every December 7th to honor those who served and sacrificed.
Since that day in 1964, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and now the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors with co-sponsor Save Mount Diablo have memorialized Pearl Harbor Day by turning on the summit Beacon atop Mount Diablo. The Beacon now shines on December 7th each year.
The 2021 Beacon lighting ceremony will be on December 7th at California State University, East Bay Concord Campus. The USS Arizona viewing begins at 3:00 PM, the ceremony begins at at 3:45 PM, and the Beacon lighting is at 5:00 PM. The ceremony will be outdoors.
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