Pearl Harbor Survivors and Save Mount Diablo are sponsoring an official USPS pictorial cancellation for the Mount Diablo Beacon Lighting on December 7, 2020.
Online PR News – 24-October-2020 – Concord, CA – To get the cancellation, mail a SASE envelope to: Postmaster, Main Office, Mt Diablo pictorial postmark, 2121 Meridian Park Blvd., Concord CA 94520-9998
The Beacon on Mount Diablo was originally installed and illuminated in 1928 to aid in trans-continental aviation. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Beacon’s light was extinguished during the West Coast Blackout, for fear it may aid an attack on California. It stayed dark until Pearl Harbor Day 1964, when Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief of Pacific Forces during World War II, relit the Beacon in a commemorative ceremony and suggested it be illuminated every December 7th to honor those who served and sacrificed.
Since that day, Pearl Harbor Veterans and their families have gathered every December 7th to see the Beacon light shine once again. Save Mount Diablo and its good partners (California State Parks, the Sons & Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors Chapter 5 and California State East Bay Concord Campus) sponsor and organize the annual lighting ceremony of the Beacon for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. This year's event will be online, with the Beacon lighting scheduled for sunset, December 7th. For more information on this event please visit:
Concord Pearl Harbor Survivor Chuck Kohler (Ford Island) speaking at last year's event:
"...when we light that beacon, as you stand and watch it rotate and send its brighter and broader beam of remembrance out across all the valleys below, if you will put yourselves in the right frame of mind, and if you will listen very, very carefully not only with your eyes, but with grateful hearts and respectful minds then all of those people who down through the years not just at Pearl Harbor, but anywhere that the US has been engaged in these battles, those who have given their lives in the pursuit, protection and preservation of our liberties and our freedoms, they will communicate with you. They will do so in unison as if with one voice. And their message, their plea will be the same; remember us. Remember us. We gave our lives while in service to you."...