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October 5, 1986 | Herbert J. Vida
American flags that once covered caskets of servicemen have deep meanings to their widows, so asking them to donate the flags is sometimes difficult, even for Macel M. Ruth, a serviceman's widow. Ruth, 70, of Westminster, is trying to collect those flags to replace ones that once flew so proudly at the Riverside National Cemetery before falling victim to high winds and driving rains last Veterans Day.
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April 27, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
When American Legion Chaplain Bill Cook peered through the chain-link fence at the windswept landscape - a broken runway, scrubby fields and green foothills in the distance - he remembered the Phantoms. The fighter jets were once a regular sight, slicing through the air over what was for decades a bustling military base. "The jets would just roar," he said on a recent afternoon at the old U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Now the Vietnam veteran is leading the charge to transform a small piece of that land into a final resting place for Orange County's veterans.
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May 26, 2008 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
By 11 a.m. one recent Wednesday, the sharp reports of rifle salutes rang out from different corners of Riverside National Cemetery. Visitors clutching carnations and balloons dotted the hillsides, searching for the names of loved ones. Cars and hearses were lined three deep along LeMay Boulevard, waiting to head to one of the 22 services that day. Riverside National Cemetery, a lush, rolling 921-acre expanse in the middle of scrubby hills, is the busiest national cemetery.
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May 26, 2013 | By Brittany Woolsey
With tears in her eyes but pride in her face, Abby Beck stood at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newport Beach on Saturday. "It's an honor being here," said Beck, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. "You just really realize how important this is, and how great the luxuries and freedoms that we have are. Being a veteran made me realize how important those things are and how lucky we are to have them. " Newport Beach resident Beck and her son Levi, 7, helped place more than 250 American flags on the grave sites of fallen soldiers, as part of Costa Cub Scouts Pack 108's Memorial Day commemoration.
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November 11, 2002 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
Out where the grass meets the dirt, where life meets death, work begins early at the nation's busiest veterans cemetery. Shortly after 8 a.m., a backhoe peels away a foot and a half of hard clay to expose the day's crypts -- two rows of empty concrete boxes lined up a quarter-inch apart. Workers help the driver remove the 1,000-pound lids, then wait for the steady parade of hearses.
SPORTS
July 6, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Miscellany The memorial service for former Katella football coach, Bob Lampshire, will be held at the New Wine Church in Fullerton at noon Friday. The service was originally scheduled for the Riverside National Cemetery. The New Wine Church is located at 1425 S. Brookhurst St. All associates, players and friends are invited. . . .
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March 16, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Federal officials have appropriated $300,000 and dispatched a team of engineers to repair 800 collapsed graves at Riverside National Cemetery. Anthony J. Principi, deputy secretary of Veteran's Affairs, said he also has asked Congress for a $10-million emergency allocation to head off other problems in the 113 national cemeteries his department oversees. Hundreds of graves--the resting places of U.S.
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November 18, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Congress on Wednesday designated Riverside National Cemetery's Prisoner of War/Missing in Action memorial a national memorial. In an announcement, Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona) said, "Many of our national monuments and memorials are located east of the Mississippi, making them extremely inaccessible to people who live out on the West Coast." The cemetery is expected to become the largest in the system in less than five years, with 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1989
Today marks the celebration of Memorial Day, a day to honor and remember those who died in the nation's wars. Closed: All government offices, courts, banks, post offices, stock and commodity exchanges, libraries, schools and many businesses. RTD buses will follow Sunday schedules. Celebrations: A restored Civil War cannon will be fired for the first time in decades during services at the Veterans Administration Los Angeles National Cemetery. Services also will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Long Beach, Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Carson and Riverside National Cemetery.
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April 27, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
When American Legion Chaplain Bill Cook peered through the chain-link fence at the windswept landscape - a broken runway, scrubby fields and green foothills in the distance - he remembered the Phantoms. The fighter jets were once a regular sight, slicing through the air over what was for decades a bustling military base. "The jets would just roar," he said on a recent afternoon at the old U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Now the Vietnam veteran is leading the charge to transform a small piece of that land into a final resting place for Orange County's veterans.
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December 6, 2008 | David Kelly, Kelly is a Times staff writer.
Gail Teach skipped Thanksgiving with her daughter in Texas so she wouldn't miss her mother's birthday. She never missed her mother's birthday, not in life or in death. On Nov. 26, she headed to Riverside National Cemetery, as she does every year, to sit beside her parents' grave and quietly grieve. She brought a stuffed reindeer for her mom -- who would have been 81 -- and a small pumpkin and an American flag for her dad, a veteran. But when she reached the spot, something wasn't right.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2008 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
By 11 a.m. one recent Wednesday, the sharp reports of rifle salutes rang out from different corners of Riverside National Cemetery. Visitors clutching carnations and balloons dotted the hillsides, searching for the names of loved ones. Cars and hearses were lined three deep along LeMay Boulevard, waiting to head to one of the 22 services that day. Riverside National Cemetery, a lush, rolling 921-acre expanse in the middle of scrubby hills, is the busiest national cemetery.
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November 11, 2005 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Charlie Nguyen dozed in the back seat of the cramped bus when it made its next, sudden stop: his fifth funeral of the morning. A member of the volunteer Memorial Honor Detail at Riverside National Cemetery, Nguyen shrugged off the fatigue from his overnight shift at work to serve in uniform at 10 funerals Thursday at the busiest military burial ground in the nation.
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November 18, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Congress on Wednesday designated Riverside National Cemetery's Prisoner of War/Missing in Action memorial a national memorial. In an announcement, Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona) said, "Many of our national monuments and memorials are located east of the Mississippi, making them extremely inaccessible to people who live out on the West Coast." The cemetery is expected to become the largest in the system in less than five years, with 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2002 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
Out where the grass meets the dirt, where life meets death, work begins early at the nation's busiest veterans cemetery. Shortly after 8 a.m., a backhoe peels away a foot and a half of hard clay to expose the day's crypts -- two rows of empty concrete boxes lined up a quarter-inch apart. Workers help the driver remove the 1,000-pound lids, then wait for the steady parade of hearses.
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June 15, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing a law passed by Congress to keep Oklahoma City bomber Timothy J. McVeigh from being buried among his fellow veterans, officials Thursday barred a Riverside National Cemetery burial for a desert man accused of killing one child and chaining up two others. John Lamont "Rajohn Lord" Davis hanged himself with a jail-cell bedsheet in March while awaiting trial on charges that he had contributed to one son's death and abused two other sons. But Davis was also a veteran of the Vietnam War.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1992 | EDWARD J. DERWINSKI, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and head of the Veterans Administration, which operates the National Cemetery System, commented on reports of deteriorating grave sites at Riverside National Cemetery and a projected shortage of burial space nationwide. He told The Times: and
Veterans who have expressed the wish that they be buried in a national cemetery deserve assurance--as do their family members--that the VA is fully committed to maintaining the dignity and availability of these sites. Here in California, the Riverside National Cemetery has benefited from a significant budget increase and staff dedication to restoring areas damaged by extreme drought and heavy rains. Next spring, the VA will open a new cemetery at San Joaquin.
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December 6, 2008 | David Kelly, Kelly is a Times staff writer.
Gail Teach skipped Thanksgiving with her daughter in Texas so she wouldn't miss her mother's birthday. She never missed her mother's birthday, not in life or in death. On Nov. 26, she headed to Riverside National Cemetery, as she does every year, to sit beside her parents' grave and quietly grieve. She brought a stuffed reindeer for her mom -- who would have been 81 -- and a small pumpkin and an American flag for her dad, a veteran. But when she reached the spot, something wasn't right.
SPORTS
July 6, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Miscellany The memorial service for former Katella football coach, Bob Lampshire, will be held at the New Wine Church in Fullerton at noon Friday. The service was originally scheduled for the Riverside National Cemetery. The New Wine Church is located at 1425 S. Brookhurst St. All associates, players and friends are invited. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1996
On Memorial Day, America will again honor veterans who served and protected our country from foreign tyranny. The president and congressional leaders will preside over elaborate ceremonies paying homage to our fallen heroes as well as to further their own political careers. At the same time, these politicians have drastically cut the budget to maintain national cemeteries where many that have given their lives for our country are interned. Patchy, overgrown grass and weeds are becoming commonplace because groundkeeping staffs have been terminated due to lack of funding.
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