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Enjoy Independence Day Weekend … But Don’t Forget What This Holiday Commemorates!


The holiday has also become a tradition for gathering with family, friends and neighbors to enjoy backyard barbecues and summer celebrations.

Regardless of how you plan to spend the day, we urge our readers to take some time to reflect on the many sacrifices our brave men and women — both those in uniform as well as civilians — have made these past 246 years to keep our nation free.

Here at ICNV, we take this opportunity to reaffirm our continuing commitment to honor local veterans and their families through our steadfast support for a Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery on the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station on the voter-approved “ARDA” site at the Great Park here in Irvine.

Over the past several years, we have reported on one corrupt scheme after another to defeat the project. The latest scheme by developers and their political allies involves shoving the long-promised Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery off to yet another noisy, polluted freeway interchange. (This time, they are trying to force veterans’ family members to drive all the way out towards Riverside County.)

Our veterans sacrificed so much for our nation. They never gave up! As a community, we should once again stand up and fight for veterans and for their families — to ensure they are provided with a beautiful, peaceful final resting place that truly honors their service and their sacrifice.

Franklin J. Lunding


Irvine, CA
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