California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery opens
The opening ceremony for the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC) drew a crowd of over 500 to the cemetery’s site at Seaside on Tuesday morning. The cemetery, located on 78 acres on the former Fort Ord Army Post, and is the state’s third Veterans cemetery.
Attendees included former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and his wife Sylvia Panetta, son Jimmy Panetta who is running for Congressional District 20, Assembly members Luis Alejo and Mark Stone, Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), the county Board of Supervisors, and Mayors of local cities including Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter.
As part of the opening ceremony, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) conducted an interment with military funeral honors for Major Bill Williams, U.S. Army (Retired) and his wife Maria Williams. Williams was one of five members of the United Veterans Council of Monterey who were charged in 1992 to create the Veterans cemetery. The others were Jack McDonough, Charles Hopper, Malcolm Giblin, and Jack Stewart, who survived to see the cemetery open.