George Bernard Shaw summed up lighthouses in a nutshell:
“I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouse. They were built only to serve. They weren’t built for any other purpose.”
At Cabrillo National Monument we use the Old Point Loma lighthouse to honor the memory of a class of men and women who brought an incredible sense of dedication and responsibility to what was truly a 24/7 job, usually in isolation, with no days off, no sick leave, and no pensions.