OUR GOAL: Ensuring that Orange County has a State Veterans Cemetery that satisfies the following requirements:
- In the most convenient location
- In the shortest timeframe
- At the lowest cost
- On the former MCAS El Toro
- At a historic location with the iconic control tower and original hangars [to see video, click here and scroll down]
And that’s only at the ARDA site at the Great Park, in Irvine.
The goal of this website is supported by thousands of veterans who know the truth, and are willing to speak up against the false narrative being widely disseminated that the State Veterans Cemetery at the ARDA site is dead. The fact is that it is still alive now, as it has been since 2017. All it has taken, and still takes is a “Yes” vote from the Irvine City Council majority to begin negotiations with CalVet for transfer of the ARDA site, while ensuring that our local needs and desires are met.
CalVet published a 333-page report, “Concept Plan,” in June, 2016, that analyzed the ARDA site including environmental considerations and produced a conceptual design for the Cemetery along with a 100-year phasing program. That plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in September 2016 for listing on the federal grant priorities list for $10 million. And the State budget includes $23.8 million for construction on the ARDA site.
In support of veterans and their families and friends,
Frank McGill, Capt. USAF 1968-1974
If you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran, it will help our campaign with the State Legislature if you would please complete the form below, and give us permission to publicly list the name of the veteran, (your name, if family member), Branch of Service and comment, as supporters of the State Veterans Cemetery on the ARDA Site.
I strongly urge that the State Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery be built at the original, historic ARDA Site at the Great Park, in Irvine, located on the former MCAS El Toro, and not at Gypsum Canyon.