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Orange County Fair & Event Center Board Approves Permanent Space For Veterans Museum

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December 19, 2013

Orange County Fair & Event Center Board Approves Permanent Space For Veterans Museum

COSTA MESA, CA - The Orange County Fair & Event Cente Board of Directors approved a permanent space on the fairgrounds property for a Veterans museum, prompting applause from local leaders from the veterans community.  Board member Nick Berardina, a US Marine Corps veteran and Orange County Employees Association General Manager, made the motion in honor of four friends.  "Today was a monumental step forward in creating a permanent home to preserve and share Orange County's great legacy of our veterans for future generation," said Bobby McDonald, OC Veterans Advisory Committee Chair and US Navy Vietnam Veteran. "We now have a historic facility, on historic grounds, recognizing our historic men and women veterans."
Terry McCarty, AMVETS (American Veterans) past National District VI Commander and US Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran later stated that this decision for a permanent museum site gives veterans one of the greatest gifts during this holiday season by making this long-term commitment to preserve their heritage and history.  "Everything we've been trying to teach our children about the sacrifices we made to protect freedom will now be able to be actively heard, touched and seen up close in the most personal way.  This will become our new home."  Other veteran community leaders included Cornell Illiescu with the Noble Cause Foundation and Jeff Sharp of "Marching Through History."
The approved site for the Veterans musuem was lauded by veterans for its prominent location right off the Main Gate with heavy foot traffic including nearly 100,000 school children who visit for educational programming.  With its close proximity to the Centennial Farms and a Workers Memorial, Berardino pointed out the board's foresight in creating what will become one of California's greatest hands-on learning "campuses" and heritage centers.  "We looke forward to honoring those who have served our county and who have sacrificed so that all of us can enjoy freedom and liberty," Berardino said.  Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, who was recently appointed to chair the Assembly Committee on Veteran s Affairs, has take a great interest in the project and has indicated she would be very supportive.
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