Charles Lindbergh originally lit the beacon atop Mount Diablo in 1928 to assist in the early days of commercial aviation. The light beamed each night until Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
It wasn’t relit until 1964 and now shines only one night each year. This year’s lighting ceremony begins at 3:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Cal State East Bay Concord, with the lighting at 5 p.m. If weather permits, there will be a flyover by Vietnam helicopters carrying WWII vets.
In his poem “A Tour of Remembrance,” Pearl Harbor survivor Chuck Kohler closes with:
Our seasons pass, the time draws nearer,
the last survivor will have faded from sight.
Then, comes each following 7th of December,
will there always be those who will care enough,
not only to remember,
But to remember, and then – come here,
to the top of Mt. Diablo, on that night,
and light The Light.