On June 6th, the City Council voted 3-to-2 to refuse $30 million in State funding and not begin immediate construction of the already-approved Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery in the Great Park.  Instead, the Council voted to negotiate a “swap” of the 125-acre Great Park Veterans Cemetery site to FivePoint Communities.  Mayor Don Wagner and Councilmembers Christina Shea and Melissa Fox are expected to soon vote to give away our parkland to developer FivePoint, along with zoning approval for massive office, commercial and residential development.

Many hundreds of residents have signed a Veterans Cemetery petition, calling upon the Mayor and City Council to keep the City’s 3-year-old promise to build the Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery in the Great Park, as originally planned.  If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to take the opportunity right now to sign the Great Park Veterans Cemetery petition.

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 Please take this opportunity to join your friends and neighbors in signing our Great Park Veterans Cemetery petition.  

Add your name and comments in support of this important cause and ask your friends to sign, as well, at:  www.irvinecommunitynewsandviews.org/VeteransCemeteryPetition 

We ask the People of Irvine to join us — to sign our petition calling upon the Irvine City Council to honor our veterans and their families by keeping the sacred promise we made to build the Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery in the Great Park, as planned.

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Comments, Notes and Letters

Here are a few of the hundreds of comments and letters received regarding the Veterans Cemetery.  In the weeks ahead, we will publish as many as space permits.

  •            The Great Park is on land that was at the heart of the former El Toro Marine Corps Base.  Of course, it is supposed to include the Veterans Cemetery!  We do not need more houses, more traffic, more cars.
    Sandy Rushing
  •            I served the Army Medical Corps for over 20 years, caring for soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.  These brave patriots deserve to be laid to rest on the hallowed land within the Great Park and not somewhere between two noisy freeways!  Anyone who thinks otherwise has obviously never served his or her country militarily (including Mayor Wagner) and should seriously feel some shame if they, in fact, have any feelings at all.  What a disgraceful and cowardly stance by Mayor Wagner and Councilmembers Christina Shea and Melissa Fox!
    Col. Peter Fredericks, M.D.
  •            The Veterans Cemetery should be in the Great Park, as originally planned, to honor not only all veterans, but the ones who served at El Toro — and from Orange County.  I am so disappointed in the Irvine Mayor and Council.  I don’t say “my Mayor” and “my Council” because they do not represent me.  They lost my respect when they had the “special Council meeting” to change what Irvine people had voiced and voted for — a Great Park Veterans Cemetery.
    Judy Rodriguez 
  •            As a veteran, I think that the Veterans Cemetery should be in the Great Park, as planned.  It would be a much more desirable location than the area they plan to “swap” for it.  As a member of the American Legion Post 133, I can report that other members of the American Legion — all veterans — feel the same.
    Robert R. Davis
  •            The three Councilmembers who voted for the transfer of the Great Park Veterans Cemetery site to FivePoint appear to have acted as agents of the developer.  They certainly did not act as representatives of the majority of Irvine citizens.  This is confirmed, in my opinion, by Melissa Fox’s vote for the transfer, after campaigning on the promise to oppose the transfer.  Fox should be removed from the Council, and the transfer should be overturned.
    Al Nault
  •            The City of Irvine is disgracing itself by not honoring the original plan to build the Veterans Cemetery at the Great Park.
    Terri Warstler Trent
  •            As a veteran, I want the Veterans Cemetery to be built on the already-approved 125 acres in the Great Park and not next to the I-5/I-405 El Toro Y interchange.
    Ralph W. Farrington
  •            “Betrayal” is an inadequate word for the actions of Wagner, Shea and Fox.  That’s how I feel as an “end-of-the-road” veteran!  Doesn’t a Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery on the Great Park site that is bought and paid for make more sense to Irvine than an indefinite vague promise of some future project of unspecified costs?  The Great Park was born out of a pitched battle against greedy interests, not unlike what we’re confronted with again.  Let’s not lose it all this time?
    George Baird
  •            As a Marine who served in the Korean War era and ended my service at El Toro in 1956, I feel it only proper to allow service members who were stationed there to be interred there and not between freeways that only came into existence later.
    Jack Tatham
  •            I am a veteran who served in the Vietnam War.  We served our country in good faith, giving our lives to protect the Constitution of the United States.  Don’t just thank us for our service; keep the promises made to us as well.
    Caleb Taylor
  •            I am a Vietnam Veteran and was looking with great hope for a Veterans Cemetery at the Great Park.  I have been an Irvine resident since 1979, and I am not happy with the backroom deals the Council people make. Shame on them!!
    Ronald Davis
  •            Keep the Veterans Cemetery at the Great Park, where it should be.  Don’t let the developers win.  Shame on Melissa Fox for lying to get votes to become a Councilwoman.  She lied and said she was for the Veterans Cemetery at the Great Park.  What a traitor!
    Cindy Davis
  •            We enjoy our freedom because of military servicemen and servicewomen.  Their sacrifices are unending.  They should not be shoved aside to a less desirable place in our City.  I voted for the wrong people.  They lied to me about their intentions.  So much for the moneyed people of our community getting their own way.
    Lorna Bacon
  •            The citizens of Irvine have made it clear that they want the Veterans Cemetery in the Great Park, as planned.  It’s time for the elected leaders of Irvine to start representing and respecting the citizens of Irvine rather than the developers, such as FivePoint.
    Deborah Dutra
  •            The actions of our City Council are disgusting!
    Beverly Holmes
  •            The Veterans Cemetery belongs at the Great Park.  We don’t need more houses and office buildings.  The traffic we now have is terrible, and we do not need more.  It is affecting the quality of life.
    John Battey
  •            Mayor Donald Wagner should be ashamed.  Before the Mayor encourages businesses to make money, shouldn’t the residents of Irvine be considered first?  I do not want to see any more commercial and residential areas expanded near the Great Park.
    Albert Lee
  •        A long tradition exists where cities all over the nation — indeed, all over the world — have set aside valuable public land to enrich the cultural and recreational experiences of their citizens and of visitors from other places.  Irvine’s Great Park offers a rare opportunity to continue in that tradition by providing quality and meaningful experiences to all, including a well-placed Veterans Cemetery.  For the City of Irvine to do anything less is more than a missed opportunity; it is a travesty not to be dismissed lightly.  We citizens of Irvine owe it to our neighbors and to future generations to fight for creating an honorable legacy by insisting that the Great Park Veterans Cemetery be located on the most cherished land, not some throwaway piece of property located in the least desirable area. 

                                                —James and Frances Antenore

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