Riverside National Cemetery is home to the Medal of Honor Memorial, which is recognized by the U.S Congress as a National Medal of Honor Memorial Site.
In 1998, while planning the 99th Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Convention in Riverside, California, a small group came together with the mutual goal to rectify that in no place, at that time, in the United States of America was there a memorial which honored a Medal of Honor recipients with the recognition that they deserved. A memorial committee was formed to raise the funds needed to erect a monument and create a design for the Medal of Honor Memorial.
After gaining the funding, the memorial committee granted the task of designing the Medal of Honor Memorial to Principal Designer Jeff Crumbaker, of The Patrician Group of Riverside and to Tim Maloney, of the Community Works Design Group located in Riverside.
The final product was a circular landscape with a set of red granite walls serving as the entryway acting as a door leading to a cascading water fountain and pool. On the outside is a groomed gravel walkways interspersed with rock planters or Italian cypresses, planted in groups of nine which represent the smallest type of military patrol unit.
“I wanted to distinguish the entryway, it is intended to emphasize the individual aspect of the Medal of Honor Memorial,” said Crumbaker. “We are celebrating men and their individual accomplishments.”
Past the grand entryway is a circular memorial laid out in black granite walls with 3,487 names etched in them of the men and woman who have proudly served this country and earned the prestigious Medal of Honor. The names of the Medal of Honor recipients are listed beneath the war they served in, starting with the Civil War continuing through to Afghanistan.
The Medal of Honor Memorial was dedicated at a ceremony on November 5, 1999 and was attended by 85 Medal of Honor recipients.
The Veterans Memorial at the Riverside National Cemetery The statue “Veterans Memorial”, created by Colorado sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg, in commemoration of the veterans, their comrades, their personal and emotional sacrifices and to acknowledge those Americans who have lost loved ones in the service of their country.
The Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Memorial was designated a National Memorial by the U.S. Congress and dedicated September 16, 2005. A bronze statue, sculpted by Vietnam veteran Lewis Lee Millett, Jr. is the image of an American serviceman on his knees and bound by his captors.