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A Little More Kindness

A little more kindness
and a little less creed,

A little more giving
and a little less greed.

A little more smile
and a little less frown,

A little less kicking
when a man is down.

A little more "we"
and a little less "I",

A little more laugh
and a little less cry.

A little more flowers
on the pathway of life,

And fewer on graves
at the end of the strife.

Personal Services

Veterans Museum and Memorial Center

The Veterans Museum & Memorial Center serves as a major hub for activities for many of the veterans' organizations of San Diego County. The commodious former chapel and its grounds provide space and amenities in support of the veteran, education, business and active-duty military elements of the San Diego community. Additionally, the Veterans Memorial Garden with its B-24 Memorial is located immediately in front of the Museum and honors veterans of all services and eras. The Veterans Museum and Memorial Center' roles and missions include:

Memorializes the service to our country by United States and allied veterans of all uniformed services in all wars and conflicts since the founding of the nation.

Conducts and archives Oral Histories of Veterans from all eras.

Offers support to the education community by enhancing students' knowledge of the outstanding historic role of the U.S. military in our country's national and world-wide achievements. Fifth-grade students attend history classes presented by veterans three afternoons each week during the school year. Junior and Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps student activities take place at the VMC on an ongoing basis.

Serves as an auxiliary information center for veterans in support of city, county, state and federal veterans' authorities.

Supports the Active Duty Military in San Diego through outreach programs and activities.

Supports recognition of veterans in San Diego County through the Veteran of the Year Program.

Provides venues for conducting solemn patriotic ceremonies and memorial services honoring veterans.

Provides facilities and support for "Eagles Wings," a monthly bereavement service for families and friends of deceased veterans.

Provides a popular and historic location for various special events such as military retirement and promotion ceremonies, birthdays, anniversaries, and fund-raisers.

Provides for both permanent and temporary display, care and maintenance of exhibits featuring memorabilia, artifacts and military equipment.

Provides a research library of non-fiction and fiction pertaining to military affairs and historic events.

Provides office space for the Vietnam Veterans of America organization and the "Eagles Wings" bereavement outreach program.

Hosts monthly meetings of the United Veterans of San Diego County, the Veterans Advisory Council for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors; the VMC Board of Directors; the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association; and many other veterans organizations and civic groups.

Hosts periodic functions of organizations of allied veterans from Korea, Russia, Britain, France, Mexico and others.

Supports the annual Veterans Day Parade with approximately 3,500 participants.

Sponsors and coordinates presentations by veterans addressing the contributions of San Diego's veterans and on United States military historical events in schools and to local organizations and groups.