San Bernardino’s Arrowhead Landmark to be Lit Up for 14 Days in Memorial
San Bernardino, CA – The Arrowhead formation will be lit 14 days in memorial of those fallen in the Dec. 2, 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. The Arrowhead will be lit nightly from December 2-15, 2015, from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
For the first time, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will light up The Arrowhead in memory and tribute to the 14 lives lost in the December 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino one year ago. The iconic Arrowhead is a natural formation on the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains that can be seen for miles throughout the valley. The brilliant lighting of the Arrowhead formation will stand as a memorial to each life lost on December 2 and a symbol of solidarity and hope for this proud and strong community.
“Even as we struggle to make sense of those events from a year ago, we remain strong in our commitment to the values that make us a strong community,” said Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “We are proud to join with the San Bernardino and our community partners to shine a new light in memory of those we lost.”
The Arrowhead formation is located in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, just north of San Bernardino’s Wildwood Park (40th Street and Waterman Avenue). Lit up with over a dozen 120,000-lumen arc lights, it can be seen from nearly anywhere in the cities of San Bernardino or Highland.
One of the most famous landmarks in the Inland Empire is The Arrowhead. For centuries, this important landmark was a symbol of the San Bernardino Valley to the Native Americans of the region, and then to the pioneers and settlers that followed. It has been named a California Historical Monument (#977) and is the namesake for the City of Lake Arrowhead and other entities.
The Arrowhead is 1,375 feet in length and 449 feet in width. With an almost perfect outline, it may appear to be man-made or artificial; however, the phenomenon is natural. The face of the Arrowhead consists of light quartz, supporting a growth of short white sage. This lighter vegetation shows in sharp contrast to the surrounding chaparral and greasewood. The Arrowhead sits directly above the artesian hot springs that sit within the historic Arrowhead Springs Hotel, recently acquired by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.