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Gov. Brown visits Orange County to designate site for future veterans cemetery

Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva of Fullerton, authored the bill to develop the cemetery, which Gov. Brown signed last month.
Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva of Fullerton, authored the bill to develop the cemetery, which Gov. Brown signed last month.
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Gov. Jerry Brown was in Southern California Tuesday, joining local veterans and their families in Irvine to designate the future site of Orange County's first ever state veterans cemetery.

Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva of Fullerton, the chair of the state Assembly's Veterans Affairs Committee, authored the bill to develop the cemetery. Brown signed it last month.

“This bill will give veterans in Orange County the final resting place they deserve,” Brown said in a press release.

Orange County is one of the largest counties without a veterans cemetery, despite the more than 130,000 veterans who call the county home, Quirk-Silva said.

"Veterans, once they have served, they are entitled to a veterans burial,” Quirk-Silva said. “And I think one of the issues for families of veterans is, of course, they'd like them as close as possible."

Currently, the closest veterans cemeteries are in Riverside and in Los Angeles County's Westwood, which is full.

When asked if there was anything she envisioned for the cemetery, Quirk-Silva said she hoped it would serve as a historic tribute to all branches of service.