A final resting place for OC Veterans

Orange County Veterans are one step closer to establishing a cemetery in their own community thanks to the efforts of Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and Gov. Jerry Brown.

County veterans have been fighting for years to establish a  final resting place for our nation's heroes in Orange County. But their efforts have been blocked over the years by developers and other special interests who advocated for more profitable uses for open space. The nearest Veteran's Cemetery is currently in Riverside, forcing families to face gridlock traffic and several hours in the car sometimes to visit the gravesites of their loved ones.

This year, Quirk-Silva, joined by Veterans groups, labor leaders and Irvine elected officials, stood with Veterans to advance their fight. Assembly Bill 1453, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, paves the way to establish a cemetery at the Great Park in Irvine.

"So many of our members are veterans or families of veterans themselves, and knowing our local heroes will lay to rest in here in our own community – somewhere where we can all come to pay our respects – is the least we can do to honor their sacrifices," said Nick Berardino, a Vietnam veteran who is the General Manager for the Orange County Employees Association and an Executive Vice President at the California Labor Federation. "We’re so happy our vets, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, the Irvine City Council, Gov. Brown and our entire community worked so hard to move this important project closer to reality." 

For more information and a slideshow of the Governor's visit to the cemetery site, visit Voice of OC: OC Vets Celebrate Cemetery