Today, May 19, 2018, is Armed Forces Day. First observed in May 1950, the day was created to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the U.S. Department of Defense. To all active duty, reserve and veteran members of the U.S. armed forces – thank you for your service to our nation!
Orange County has a long and proud military tradition. Currently, more than two million veterans live in California – more than in any other state. Orange County has over 130,000 veterans — one of the highest populations in the United States – including more than 7,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Yet Orange County veterans do not have their own dedicated military cemetery. Those in Orange County who want to visit a veteran’s grave in a military cemetery must travel several hours to Riverside, San Diego, or Los Angeles counties.
Please join me in showing your support for Orange County’s military veterans by voting YES on Measure B to facilitate the creation of a veterans cemetery on the grounds of the former El Toro Marine Base.
Orange County veterans – who have sacrificed so much for us – deserve a final resting place close to their families and loved ones.
For more information about the veterans cemetery, please see:
As the daughter of an Orange County Korean War combat veteran, I am proud to have participated in making sure that Orange County’s veterans – who have sacrificed so much for us – will at last have a final resting place close to their families and loved ones.
Please help by voting YES on Measure B.