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CSUSM to Host Memorial Day Observance on May 11

Press Release | By Eric Breier

California State University San Marcos will honor our nation’s fallen with a Memorial Day Observance on Thursday, May 11.

The Observance is being dedicated to Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, a Mexico City native who grew up in San Diego. Sgt. Peralta sacrificed his life to save fellow Marines by using his body to cover a grenade in Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004.

The USS Rafael Peralta, a destroyer named for Sgt. Peralta, will be commissioned in July at Naval Air Station North Island.

Thursday’s Observance is at noon in front of the Veterans Center on CSUSM’s campus followed by a reception on the deck.

Attendees will have the opportunity to honor a service member or veteran who has died with dog tags to be placed on the wall of the Veterans Center by making a $5 donation.

The Student Veterans Organization will donate this year’s Dog Tag Memorial proceeds to the commissioning of the USS Rafael Peralta to welcome the destroyer and its crew to San Diego this summer.


What: Cal State San Marcos Memorial Day Observance dedicated to Sgt. Rafael Peralta

When: Noon, Thursday, May 11

Where: Veterans Center, California State University San Marcos

Cost: Free

Parking: For driving directions, campus map and parking fees, visit the CSUSM Parking Guide.


About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 27-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.

The University enrolls over 15,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.