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Re-Scheduled Cabrillo Monument Centennial Takes Place This Weekend

Cabrillo National Monument is a scenic park located at the tip of Point Loma Peninsula.

Above: Cabrillo National Monument is a scenic park located at the tip of Point Loma Peninsula.

The 100th anniversary celebration of the Cabrillo National Monument that was postponed in October by the federal government shutdown will take place this weekend.

The two-day event will include tours of the Point Loma lighthouse, World War II air raid drills, nature hikes and a 1940s swing dance.

The anniversary celebration is being combined with the monument's third annual World War II-Fort Rosecrans Goes to War event, which is held on a weekend in early December. Saturday is the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

"Combining the centennial events with our annual military history tribute will make this a very special and memorable weekend for staff, volunteers and visitors,'' said park Superintendent Tom Workman. "We invite the public to come and celebrate San Diego's only national park.''

The park opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, with tours of the lighthouse starting at 10 a.m. The swing dance is at 6 p.m.

The monument opens at 9 a.m. Sunday, with a centennial ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m.

Cake will be served at 1 p.m. each day.

The monument commemorates Juan Rodri­guez Cabrillo's landing at San Diego Bay in 1542.

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