The Veterans Museum is deeply saddened to announce the sudden and unexpected passing, during the first week of the new year, of our Director of Exhibits and Programs,
Rear Admiral Rod Melendez, DC, USN (Ret).
The Executive Director of the Museum from 2002 until 2014, Rod's hard work and dedication led us through a period of growth and transition that has made us a key part of San Diego's Art and Culture community. His jovial attitude, unmatched leadership style, and fun mustache made him a standout in our community. We look back on our time with Rod as a gift that we were thankful to have and express our condolences to the family and friends. We are all beyond sorrow at losing this beloved Museum family member.
On Saturday January 27, the United Veterans Council will join with the Veterans Museum in hosting a Celebration of The Life of Rod Melendez, at 11:00 am, in the Museum.
The monthly Veterans Memorial Service & Honors Ceremony will immediately follow the Celebration, and a reception will be hosted afterward in the Museum Hall.
The Museum will be open at 10:00 for attendees to gather and to enter personal messages in the record book pages.
The United Veterans Council will serve coffee 10:00 to 10:30 along the Flags walkway in the Garden lawn.
The Celebration & Ceremony and reception are open to all, please rsvp by Wednesday January 24, via email message to email@example.com. Please include number attending.
Dress: Military - Navy Service Dress Blue and equivilant for other services; Civilian - Business Attire.
The Melendez Family requests that donations be made to the Veterans Museum
and Eagles Wings in lieu of flowers.
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January Events (Open to the Public)
A great opportunity for Veteran Museum and Fleet Science Center Members in January!
Upon presentation of your membership card, Veterans Museum members (two adults and up to 6 children) will receive these privileges at the Fleet:
Free admission to all exhibit galleries
Discounted tickets to IMAX films, including their newest feature - Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas
Member discount in the North Star Science Store and Craveology Cafe
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Welcome Fleet Science Center Members!
Present your membership card for:
Free admission for your entire family to all exhibit galleries
Free Admission to all events (Some require advanced reservations)
10% discount on all Gift Shop purchases
The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park honors the men and women who served their country in the U.S. Armed Forces and Wartime Merchant Marine by documenting their contributions and experiences and preserving their legacy for future generations through their individual stories.
If you're interested in telling your story whether it happened 50 years ago or last year, contact us! We want to tell the individual stories of all veterans!
The Veterans Memorial Center, Inc. (DBA The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization IRS EIN: 33-0361154; California Registry of Chritable Trusts: CT-76500.