Orange County Finally Does the Right Thing for Veterans Cemetery

Commentary The conversation among Orange County residents about where to place a cemetery for veterans has been a political football for nearly a decade. Utilizing the former El Toro Marine Base has been recommended for most of that time. But the logic of placing it there is based more on sentimentalism than fiscal reality. The base has a toxicity from decades of jet fuel and other related chemicals seeping into the ground. Reconstituting the land and making it suitable for burial plots would be very expensive. What to do? Well, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, “elected leaders will always do the right thing, only after they have tried everything else.” This couldn’t be truer than the city of Irvine’s recent decision to place the Veterans Cemetery in a nearby Anaheim Hills area known as Gypsum Canyon. Attempting to put the cemetery on the base has been an awkward and entangled story …

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By Kelly Sanchez

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