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Memorial Day Address by Karina Onofre

May 25, 2014

Memorial Day Address
by Karina Onofre
Candidate for California State Assembly 74th Disrict
Serving the communities of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine,
Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, and Newport Beach.

Thanking our heroes!

Memorial Day is a special time to give thanks; for our health, our families and friends; for our communities, our County and State; for our great nation, which protects and empowers all citizens.

I want to salute a special Orange County citizen, who has made this an extra-special Memorial Day: Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, who represents Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, Hawaiian Gardens, La Palma, Stanton and West Anaheim in Sacramento.
Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva has authored a special law, Assembly Bill 1453, to create an Orange County veterans’ cemetery. AB 1453 will enable California Department of Veterans Affairs, in cooperation with local Orange County government, to build a state-owned and run veterans’ cemetery. AB 1453 is co-authored by State Senator Lou Correa, Orange County Assembly members Tom Daly, Don Wagner and Allan Mansoor, who I hope to succeed in 74th Assembly District, when he leaves Sacramento after his current term ends.

An Orange County veterans’ cemetery would not only be a final resting place, but also a perpetual hallowed home for memorial activities to honor veterans, and for all the men and women who bravely serve their nation, in wartime and in peace.The nearest veterans’ cemetery is in Riverside County, but denies Orange County veterans the right to be buried in their home communities, and makes it troublesome for families and friends to visit their loved ones. These great Americans are a source of great community pride, deserve our great thanks, and need our great support.

Thank you so much....

Orange County Board of Supervisors and more than 15 local cities have endorsed AB 1453, including City of Irvine, which may offer a portion of the Great Park fora veterans’ cemetery. Thousands of veterans support this location, given its use as Marine Corps El Toro Air Station. Started in the 1940s to fight aggression in the Pacific theatre, El Toro continued as an active military installation until quite recently.
There is no place more fitting for an Orange County veterans’ cemetery than Irvine’s Great Park. That said, other suitable Orange County locations may be found to build a veterans’ cemetery.

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva has demonstrated deep commitment and is apowerful advocate in Sacramento to bring this veterans’ cemetery to reality. I fullysupport Assemblywoman Quirk- Silva in all she does for an Orange County veterans’ cemetery, and as your next State Representative, will work hard to bringit to 74th Assembly District. This would be something truly Great about the Great Park, a great place for all to share in Orange County, and a great resource for all of Southern California.

As we celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends, let us pause to honor the many contributions of those who’ve come before us. Soldiers who gave their lives, immigrant mothers and fathers who fought to give their children a better life, teachers who sacrificed so each student could learn critical skills to advance in ourgreat country.

Let us take no short-cuts to success or easy profit these individuals have forgone. Let us not sacrifice this worthy project due an intangible idea like “feng shui.” Letus honor every man and woman who stands up to help others, before they help themselves. Let us honor their sacrifice, and remember them all with an Orange County veterans’ cemetery. Thank you.

Karina Onofre
Candidate for California State Assembly 74th District
May 26, 2014

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