California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery dedicated
The California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery was dedicated Tuesday in a solemn, yet celebratory, ceremony with hundreds in attendance including veterans, their families, dignitaries and the public.
“It’s something you do your best to express in words,” said Jimmy Panetta, master of ceremonies and capital campaign co-chair, about what he was feeling. “This is for all of us. It took everybody coming together to get this done and not just the community, but the entire Central Coast.”
About 600 people attended the dedication ceremony held at the cemetery site on Parker Flats Road, which was once part of Fort Ord. The event included the first interment ceremony for Maj. William J. “Bill” Williams, U.S. Army (retired), and his wife Anna Maria Williams. They died in 1998 and 2015 respectively. Maj. Williams was instrumental in promoting development of the cemetery.