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Over half of OC cities support the Anaheim Hills Veterans Cemetery

Supervisor Donald P. Wagner, working with the VALOR veterans organization and numerous local officials, announced that 19 out of 34 cities in Orange County now support designating Anaheim Hills as the preferred Orange County location for a State veterans’ cemetery. Since taking office in 2019, Supervisor Wagner has collaborated with officials at the federal, state, county, and municipal levels to bring OC veterans a dignified cemetery and soon. He has also partnered with various veterans’ groups to come to a consensus on where to break ground.

Cities that have approved the Veterans Cemetery in Anaheim Hills are:

  • Anaheim
  • Brea
  • Buena Park
  • Costa Mesa
  • Dana Point
  • Garden Grove
  • Huntington Beach
  • La Palma
  • Laguna Niguel
  • Laguna Woods
  • Lake Forest
  • Mission Viejo
  • Newport Beach
  • Orange
  • San Juan Capistrano
  • Santa Ana
  • Tustin
  • Villa Park
  • Yorba Linda

Every city council has been unanimous in its support for the Anaheim Hills site.

“The clock is ticking for our veterans, and OC still does not have a cemetery dedicated for those who fought for and defended our country. We are finding unanimous support across OC for the Anaheim Hills site. Our veterans have always been there for us. Now we have a perfect opportunity to be there for them,” said Supervisor Wagner.

If you would like to support our veterans’ desire to have a hometown cemetery site, please contact your local city council and encourage the adoption of a resolution supporting the Anaheim Hills site.

This article was released by the Office of Orange County Supervisor Donald P. Wagner.


  1. If it wasn’t for him it would have been built at the Former Marine Base at El Toto in Irvine but he sided with the developers. The Gypsum canyon site is not doable, it’s close to the Riverside cemetery and it is not conducive to a state, national veterans cemetery and the area is home to endangered species. The people in the county will have to vote for a special tax to pay for it at Gypsum and will cost more.

  2. An orchestration of this “support” is obvious.

    When state Legislature designated El Toro in Irvine as the location for the Veterans’ Cemetery, the above cities were not rushing to unanimously support that decision.

    It is outrageous that the residents in the areas that are going to be exposed on direct views of the insides of these cemeteries (civilian + Veterans’) were neither informed of that plan nor were they asked for consent.

  3. Turning scenic hills onto two large cemeteries visible for miles away will forevet turn adjacent residential areas onto a sad cemetery district.

    Future generations will judge harshly stupidity of such location.

    In civilized countries, cemeteries are located in flat areas that are distcrete and offer privacy to grieving families and visitors. Making an exhibition of a cemetery is absurdly wrong.

    Fortunately, there is a website gypsum91.com that exposes detrimental effects on the people and the environment of that misguided project.

  4. Take the veterans cemetery somewhere that already has a cemetery….Anaheim Hills? A residential suburb neighborhood? Stupid…

    1. And a lack empathy and consideration for the unsuspecting residents of the adjacent areas who will – willy-nilly – be exposed on direct views of graves, tombstones, and burials from their homes.

      Never mind tens of thousands of drivers caught in traffic jams on 91 Fwy and 241 Toll Road who will have to endure those sad views on their daily commutes.

      1. Hey Anonymous. Are you afraid of ghosts from the cemetery coming down from their hillside grave sites at night? Most likely you are a shill for a developer or real estate agent with a NIMBY complex

  5. Irvine city council has been waffeling for years denying thousands of veterans their rightful resting place. Respect our vote or be voted out.

  6. Donald Wagner is worthless as “tits on a boar.” If he had been doing the job we paid him to do, the Veteran’s Cemetery would have already been built in Irvine. That flake will never get another vote from me or my family.

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