Enroute to Nellis AFB from Camp Pendleton, we decided to stop at March ARB in Moreno Valley near Riverside for 2 nights in order to visit the March Field Air Museum and Riverside National Cemetery.
March ARB formerly known as March AFB is home to the Air Force Reserve Command's 4th Air Force. For almost 50 years it was a SAC base. The base has been in use since 1917 and the oldest airfield operated by the military. Under base realignment in 1993 it was assigned status as Air Reserve Base. For more history go to wikipedia.
The Air Museum is located just off base on Van Buren and is open 7 days a week with admission charge of $10. They feature. quite a display of military history and aircraft from WWI to present. The museum was established in 1979. www.marchfield.org
|Plane that George W Bush Flew|
|Memorial to Dogs in War|
We then drove down Van Buren to visit the Riverside National Cemetery, the third largest cemetery managed by the National Cemetery Administration covering 921 acres. Since 2000 it has been the most active based on number of interments. The cemetery is home of the Medal of Honor Memorial one of four in the USA. The walls feature the names of all recipients and dedicated in 1999.
|Medal of Honor Memorial|
|Medal of Honor Marker|
|Medal of Honor Medals|
There is also a Veterans Memorial statue on top of which lies the lifeless body of a soldier covered by a pancho hiding his face giving silent tribute to all who have served and given life in combat.It was created by A. Thomas Schomberg, a Colorado sculptor.
The Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Memorial was dedicated in 2005. The statue is the image of an American Serviceman on his knees and bound by his captors. It was sculpted by Vietnam veteran Lewis lee Millett,Jr. The black marble pillars surrounding the statue represent imprisonment.
|Prisoner of War/MIA Sculpture|
The cemetery has several lakes with blue herons and a general serenity of the area. There were several funerals on the day we visited. There are only flat markers and no gravestones. Not sure why.
|One of Several Lakes|
Recommend both stops in the area of Riverside and Moreno Valley just off IH 15.
Tomorrow we arrive Nellis AFB for 2 months. Time to start planning our continuing trip to Western Canada.