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Let’s Remember Why We Commemorate Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reflect on the sacrifices that military personnel and their families make to keep us all safe, and to mourn those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Irvine was home to the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) for nearly six decades, and home to thousands of military families.

MCAS was decommissioned in 1999. A few years later, the site was transferred to the City of Irvine. A promise was made to build a 125-acre Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery on a particularly iconic section of the former air station (where the control tower had stood).

For nearly a decade, land developers and the politicians they control have tried time and again to stop the project. In fact, it took two citizen-led petition campaigns, a vote by Irvine residents, and sending Larry Agran back to the City Council in 2020 and 2022 with voter mandates to start construction of the Veterans Memorial Park, which finally began last year.

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