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Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva recovers $24.5 million for future OC veterans’ cemetery funding in California budget

Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Orange County) worked tirelessly to negotiate recovering the $24.5 million previously allotted to funding the future Southern California Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery in Assembly Budget Vote.

Orange County has historically been home to a robust military presence – which included the Santa Ana Army Air Base, one of the largest Army/Air Force training bases during World War II; El Toro Base (MCAS); Tustin (MCAS) and the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station. There are thousands of men and women and their families who have served their country at these bases and through our nation that are in need of a proper and honorable resting site to lay our courageous soldiers.

“My hope is that the Orange County Veterans, ARDA Site Supporters, and Supervisor Don Wagner can work together in establishing the remainder of funding necessary for the veterans’ cemetery,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. “I urge the Governor to respect our Veterans and the State Assembly and Senate, by supporting the cemetery funds to remain in California Veterans Budget for an Orange County Cemetery site.”

The continued commitment of the Orange County representatives on the state and local level have been focused on securing the financial assurance for this project allocated by the past state budgets. The support of the Southern California Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery on the ARDA site will assist in the project proceeding as we continue to work to resolve the financial challenges beyond the 2020-21 Fiscal Year.

Our Veterans’ deserve an honorable place that will provide their families and friends a true and lasting opportunity to pay their respects. With the support and continued efforts with the local, state, and federal officials striving to bring this project to fruition, we can welcome a new and final home for our fallen heroes.

This article was released by the Office of Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.