La Mesa Chamber announces Salute to Heroes date

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

by Rick Griffin

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its sixth annual Salute to Local Heroes celebration from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North, in San Diego’s Mission Valley area. The event will include installation of board members, food, silent auction and recognition of eight local locals from law enforcement, the fire district, paramedic field and retired senior volunteer patrol. Cost to attend is $50 per person or two tickets for $80 and a table of eight for $300. Complimentary parking is included. Sponsorships are available for this evening of celebration. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700.