Shoreline Park, Long Beach
You will not catch me passing by any type of memorial. I think way too often they get overlooked and under appreciated. We would not be here as a free society if it was not for the sacrifice of our Men and Women of the military forces.
In Their Honor:
The Long Beach Navy Memorial pays tribute to the city's naval heritage. Long Beach's naval history dates back to 1908 with the arrival of President Theodare Roosevelt's 16-ship Great White Fleet. By the 1920's Long Beach established itself as a major naval installation on the West Coast. For the next eight decades, it was home to sailors and shipbuilders, battleships and aircraft carriers. The navy permeated every aspect of life in Long Beach. In 1997, Long Beach's last chapter in navy history came to a close. The once bustling shipyard and naval base are now gone, but the city's naval heritage remains.
Charting an Ancient Journey:
Forged in stell, bronze, brass, and porcelain enamel, the Navysphere sculpture memorializes Long Beach's naval heritage. Its design is based on the armillary sphere, an ancient Greek model of the Earth-the central sphere-and a stand that depicts the equator, the constellations of the Zodiac, and movement of the moon, planets, and sun.
In creating the sculpture, artist Terry Breaunstein chose the armillary sphere as a metaphor. In ancient times, its use as a navigational tool made a navy possible. And like the naval heritage of Long Beach, it remains a timeless symbol.
Of Mast and Men:
The Navysphere's photographs of celebrations and daily activities capture the personal side of the navy life. While generatiions of men and women gave 90 years of service, they also dedicated themselves to their families and friends.
Icons froma Naval Past:
Artifacts celebrate the Long Beach Naval Station and shipyard. From an anchor that once moored a ship from Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet and flag mast from the Long Beach Navy Hospital (circa 1942) to the replica of the compass rose from the Naval Station Administration Building and street signs that once marked a shipyard intersection, Long Beach's naval heritage is preserved in art and architecture.
Located on Shoreline Park, although this is a lovely lighthouse, I think it is just a replica built for the tourist. Still, I had to walk up to it, but couldn't because someone was getting married. It was a beautiful day and couldn't had asked for nicer weather. The lighthouse was built in 2000 sponsered by the Lions Club. You have some beautiful views of Rainbow Harbor and Shoreline Village from here.
Shoreline park is just across the marina from Shoreline Village, right behind the Aquarium of the Pacific. This is a beautiful park that rests right on the Pacific Ocean. Its not a big park, but its a great place to go for a walk or a bike ride. They have the Light house in the middle of the park on the hill.
Last time i was here they were flming a movie calld "Freedom Writers" starring Hilary Swank.