The City Council unanimously offered up 125 acres of the city’s Great Park for a state veterans cemetery Tuesday, a decision cheered by a standing crowd filled with uniformed veterans and supporters. It would be the first veterans cemetery in Orange County, according to the OC Register.
Irvine City Council candidate lauded the move, in a comment on Council Member Jeff Lalloway’s Facebook page, “I’m very glad to know that it may be possible to honor our veterans with a cemetery in Irvine.”
The area is south of Irvine Boulevard, across from FivePoint Communities’ Great Park Neighborhoods homes and near a future high school. While it’s the city’s land to give, Irvine has an agreement with the developer barring the city from developing it before the end of 2017.