How many times have you walked, rode, or driven by this monument at Dolores and Market? Ever bother to read the inscription? Wonder what it's all about? It's a memorial to the California Volunteers of the Spanish American war. They served in the Philippines and helped bring us one of our first (and most controversial) colonies. There's a fascinating exhibit at the Presidio documenting this sadly neglected chapter of our history. Do yourself a favor and visit.P.S. That's the US Mint in the background.