A Tribute to Veterans
The Marines’ Memorial Association’s 1946 charter established the Marines’ Memorial Club as the first “Living Memorial” in the United States, dedicated as a “tribute to those who have gone before; and to provide a service to those who carry on.”
The entire building is a tribute to the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The halls of the Marines’ Memorial Club are lined with historical and emotional remnants of the past – photos, medals, and interactive exhibits – on display for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
When members and guests enter the hotel, considered one of the best San Francisco museums for military artifacts, they walk through a wrought iron gate into an arcade surrounded by memorabilia dating all the way back to 1775. The centerpiece of the lobby is the ship’s bell from the USS San Francisco, which supported the Marines’ Sailors and Airmen in the Pacific Theatre in World War II, most notably in the Battle for Guadalcanal in November 1942 and Pearl Harbor.
Since the establishment of this Living Memorial, the Marines’ Memorial Club has been a place for Veterans to come together to remember fallen comrades and loved ones, whether attending formal military reunions, meetings, educational lectures or merely enjoying happy hour, they strengthen the Living Memorial every time they share their stories.
Donations and Volunteers
Our members, guests and others interested in military history, donate memorabilia and artifacts for our displays. If you are interested in donating an item or volunteering for this meaningful project, please EMAIL US. Potential volunteers must complete an application for a thorough background check to determine suitability. We appreciate your interest and valuable time in considering this volunteer opportunity.