Due to weather concerns the location of this Saturday’s Pearl Harbor Day Beacon Lighting Ceremony has been moved to the Oak Room of the Library at the Concord Campus of Cal State East Bay, 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord. For directions, click here. The Ceremony is still open to the public and still scheduled to begin at 3:45 pm. Please call Save Mount Diablo at (925) 947-3535 or email Smdinfo@SaveMountDiablo.org if you have any questions.
Listen to Emily Prusso's perspective and discovery of the Eye of Diablo from KQED Radio's Perspectives.
Since that day in 1964, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and now the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors with co-sponsor Save Mount Diablo have memorialized Pearl Harbor Day by turning on the summit Beacon atop Mount Diablo. The Beacon now shines on that single night each year.
The “Eye of Diablo” is one of the last remaining working Beacons from the transcontinnetal string of guides. For many years it recieved little to no , leaving it in The Beacon was in significant disrepair, and earlier this year Save Mount Diablo partnered with many community members to undertake the task of its restoration.
The Pearl Harbor Survivors would like to know that the Beacon will shine long after they are gone.
Beacon Restoration Project
We reached our fundraising goal of $100,000 thanks to the contributions of hundreds of individual and businesses donors, and a $50,000 matching grant from the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation!
Assemblymember Buchannan wrote and helped pass legislation to allow non-profit Save Mount Diablo to oversee the work and fundraising for the Beacon Restoration Project on behalf of California State Parks. Many businesses have stepped up to volunteer services for the project. Shell Refinery in Martinez and Maxim Crane donated a crane and rigging crew to safely lift the Beacon off the Summit Building so work could begin. Local companies like Redwood Painting and Global Village Construction are helping to provide some of the services and expertise for the Beacon’s repairs. To help raise the funds needed to properly rehabilitate the Beacon, Chevron created a Public Service Announcement about the project, and the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation offered to match donations up to $50,000 to help reach the $100,000 goal.
Together, these private, public and non-profit partners are hoping to ensure that the Beacon will shine over the community for generations to come in remembrance of those who gave their lives for us at Pearl Harbor.
Watch our 60 second video about the Beacon Restoration Project funded by Chevron.
Thank you to all of our donors for helping to restore the “Eye of Diablo” so it can continue to shine in the years to come in honor and memory of the heroes that served at Pearl Harbor. The restoration would not be possible without the donated funds, services, equipment and time of our many supporters. Any remaining funds after the restoration will be used for future Beacon maintenance, helping to preserve the Beacon for years to come.
See photos of the restoration and read more about the Beacon below.
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