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May 28, 2018: 1st Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

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The California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery is proud to welcome one and all to the First Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at our Veterans Cemetery.

The ceremony will begin promptly at 8 am on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th, 2018.  The ceremony will be held at the Flag Circle on site, at 2900 Parker Flats Cut Off Road, in Seaside, California.

Please join us for the inauguration of a new tradition as we raise the hallowed flag of the Epic Ride for Dignity and Remembrance – which flew over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery – over the final resting place of our beloved Veterans here on the California Central Coast.

To download a copy of the invitation in PDF format, click here:

CCCVC 2018 Memorial Day Ceremony

For questions, or to support the Veterans Cemetery through contributions to the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation, call us at (831) 384-7804 or visit www.ccvcf.org.

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Epic Homecoming 2017

Our Epic Riders have returned from their incredibly successful journey.  The Riders spent 33 days on the road, traveling to the east-most American Legion Post up in northeastern Maine, all the way back to our little bit of paradise on the California Central Coast.  Now we celebrate their return with an Epic Homecoming.

On Sunday, October 22nd from 12pm through 3pm, welcome the Riders home at American Legion Post 31 in Salinas, California.  An Epic feast is being prepared, with your choice of chicken or ribs, rice, beans, salad, roll, and a cookie for $12 with advanced ticket purchase or $15 at the door.  For $20 you get the super combo of chicken AND ribs, what a deal!

Proceeds from the luncheon will support young Veterans attending the Student Veterans of America National Convention, and further support the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation in their fundraising efforts for Phase 2 of our Central Coast Veterans Cemetery.

Post 31 is located at 14 W. Laurel Drive in Salinas, California.  See the attached flyer for further information and contacts for purchasing tickets.  Please join us and thank these fine gentlemen for their incredible efforts on behalf of our Veterans.  Tales from the road will provide suitable entertainment for adults and kids.

Flyer: Legion Riders – Homecoming flyer – Final 10-6-17

 

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Cemetery Update – July 2017

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The new Veterans Cemetery located on historic Fort Ord is now open.  This opening represents the first segment of a multi-stage, multi-year Veterans Cemetery development and expansion program.

Interment options are currently limited to placement of cremated remains in above-ground columbaria (concrete structures) only.  Full-body/casket burials will not be available until completion of the next segment of the cemetery is achieved.

Each segment of the cemetery requires the State (Cal-Vet) to apply for a Federal grant for its construction.  Approval of each grant is contingent upon local matching funds being available at the time of the request. These funds are for costs not covered by the VA grant. For the second segment of our local cemetery (the next 28 acres) the local match is anticipated to be in the range of $3 million.  Funds for these uncovered costs must be provided by the State or raised by other groups and organizations.

On June 27, the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation (CCVCF) received news that the State is allocating $1.5 million toward the required local match and is now expected to submit an application to the Federal government for construction funding for the full-body burial segment.  Actual allocation of federal funds is not yet guaranteed and is highly competitive.  There is, however, indication that as an existing cemetery, funding for the expansion may receive higher priority. Until the grant application is submitted and a grant is allocated, final costs remain only an estimate.  Additionally, there are on-going costs for operations and maintenance and for other facilities planned at the Cemetery.

CCVCF is the only 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization specifically formed to help raise funds for establishment of our complete Veterans cemetery.

The Veterans Cemetery is State owned and operated by the California Department of Veterans Affairs (Cal-Vet).  Burial benefits and services for Veterans are the same whether a Veteran cemetery is designated a State or National Cemetery.

Thank you for your support to make the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery a reality.  With your continued help and contributions, the expanded in-ground placement capability will make this a full functioning cemetery to honor and thank all Veterans for their service on behalf of each and every one of us.

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Veterans Cemetery Update – October 2016

October 12, 2016 – Seaside, California

  • The new Veterans Cemetery is now open. Located at the former Fort Ord military installation, it is State owned and operated by the California Department of Veterans Affairs (Cal-Vet). Services for Veterans are the same whether a Veterans cemetery is designated a State or National cemetery.
  • The opening represents the first segment of a multi-stage, multi-year Veterans Cemetery development and expansion program. This first segment is limited to placement of cremated remains in above-ground columbaria (concrete structures) only.  For information on scheduling a burial, please click here for the CalVet application.
  • In-ground/casket burials will not be available until completion of the next 28-acre segment of cemetery construction.
  • The majority of funds for construction of Veteran cemeteries is from grants from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Expansion requires Cal-Vet to apply for a grant for the next segment of the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery.
  • The State of California will not provide direct financial support for cemetery construction. Costs not covered by the VA grants must be raised by other groups and organizations.
  • Costs not covered by the VA grant for expansion (the next 28 acres) are anticipated to be in the range of $2.5 to $3 million. Costs for a required Environmental Impact Report to review all phases of expansion are estimated between $500,000 and $1 million.
  • The Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation (CCVCF) is the only 501(c)3 public charity non-profit organization specifically formed to raise funds for establishment of a complete Veterans cemetery.
  • Contributions to CCVCF for expansion of the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery will provide Veterans and their families options for both in-ground and cremation placement. To make a contribution, please click here, or mail your contribution to the CCVCF at PO Box 849, Marina, CA 93933.

Thank you for helping to make the initial segment of the Veterans Cemetery a reality.  Please continue your support to expand the Cemetery’s placement capability and to honor and thank all Veterans for their service on behalf of each and every one of us.

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Grand Opening October 11, 2016 – 10:30 am

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OPENING CEREMONY

FOR THE INITIAL 17-ACRE PORTION OF THE

CALIFORNIA CENTRAL COAST VETERANS CEMETERY

DATE:              TUESDAY   OCTOBER 11, 2016

TIME:               10:30 A.M. – NOON

LOCATION:    AT THE CEMETERY SITE (REQUIRES OFF-SITE PARKING)

You are cordially invited to attend an Opening Ceremony for the initial segment of the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cemetery site located on former Fort Ord.

Following the Opening Ceremony, you are also invited to attend a gathering for celebration and refreshments at the Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Avenue, in Seaside from approximately 1-3 p.m.

If You Attend the Opening Ceremony:  Please plan to arrive about 10 a.m. and park at the corner of Giggling Road and General Jim Moore Boulevard.  Personnel will be at this location to provide further assistance.  Once you are parked, you will then be transported by bus to the Cemetery site for the ceremony.  Wheel-chair accessible vans will also be provided and available at the parking location.  You will not be able to access the site from Parker Flats Road or Normandy Avenue. Seating is expected to accommodate approximately 400-500 people.

Thank you for making this possible.   The Veterans Cemetery provides a peaceful and deserved resting place for all who have served in preserving freedoms we may sometimes take for granted in our daily lives.  Your thoughtfulness, support, and generosity over the years made it possible to achieve this first 17-acre segment.  The initial segment will provide 5,000 niches in above-ground columbaria for the placement of cremains of Veterans and immediate family members.  This initial segment also includes a committal shelter for on-site memorial services, a ceremonial entrance, an avenue of flags, a memorial walk area, and administration and maintenance buildings.

The Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation (CCVCF) remains committed to assuring a complete cemetery through expansion for both cremain and casket placements.

We hope you will be able to attend the Opening Ceremony on October 11 to share in this poignant commitment honoring our nation’s Veterans.

For more information about the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation or to contribute to the cemetery expansion, please visit our website at http://www.ccvcf.org or call us at (831) 218-1780 or (831) 384-7804.

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501c3 Status Achieved!

On August 4, 2016, IRS notified CCVCF that its application for recognition as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) was approved.  Further, IRS determined this approval to be retroactive to CCVCF’s initial exemption date of March 1, 2002.  As a Public Charity, all contributions to CCVCF may be deductible for federal and state income tax purposes.

A bit of history – when CCVCF was first established, its founders applied for exemption under Section 501c3.  At that time, IRS erroneously determined CCVCF was a cemetery corporation, owing to its purpose to raise funds for the establishment of the Central Coast State Veterans Cemetery.  The State of California, in an odd twist of promptness, determined that CCVCF was exempt under California law as a Section 23701d Public Charity, the state equivalent of IRS 501c3 exemption.  CCVCF appealed the IRS ruling back in 2002, which appeal was denied.  While the 501c13 status had no adverse impact on whether contributions received by CCVCF were tax deductible for the donor (they were), it did prove to be a barrier to fundraising; particularly as a roadblock to applying for grants and foundation support.

Fast forward, CCVCF resubmitted an application to IRS for conversion from 501c13 to 501c3.  The application review process took a bit longer than expected, though in the end it has been worth the wait.  CCVCF Board and Management is grateful to IRS for this recognition of its charitable purpose.  Diligent efforts are underway to develop grant applications and foundation support for the next segments of the complete Cemetery plan.  CCVCF is also preparing written correspondence to all its past donors notifying them of our upgraded charitable status.  If you have any questions about this change, your past donor history, or any other questions about the Cemetery, please do not hesitate to call us at (831) 218-1780.

CCVCF, Fundraising

Phase 1 Funding Accepted!

October 15, 2013
For Immediate Release

California accepts $6.7 million federal grant to build Fort Ord veterans cemetery

WASHINGTON –The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) sent a letter to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs announcing its intention to participate in the federal Veterans Cemetery Grants Service Program to build the California Coast State Veterans Cemetery at the former Fort Ord. The $6.7 million grant will cover all construction costs associated with building Phase 1: Columbarium of the cemetery. The state can apply for future grants to build the additional phases of the cemetery.

“With CalVet’s acceptance of the federal grant, California has made clear its intent to finally build a veterans cemetery at Fort Ord,” said Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel. “Central Coast veterans worked hard to make this dream a reality and through a partnership with the state and federal government, that hard work has paid off with today’s news.”

Additionally, the California Speaker of the Assembly John Pérez announced today that he plans to provide $1 million in matching funds for the cemetery project.  The funds will go towards the $2.6 million non-reimbursable costs under the grant program to build the cemetery. That state has already appropriated $1 million in funds for the construction of the cemetery. The planned $2 million from the state will supplement the $600,000 raised by the local veterans. When combined with the $6.7 million federal grant, it will provide the entire $9.3 million necessary to build the first phase of the cemetery.

“Speaker Pérez’s continued support for veterans has helped move this project forward,” said Farr. “Today he reaffirmed his commitment and the state’s commitment to honor our local veterans’ sacrifices by building a cemetery at Fort Ord.”

Fort Ord was the largest training base in the western United States and was the major staging ground for operations in the Pacific. Many World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans trained at the former Army base.

When the base was closed in 1994, to honor that connection to many of today’s veterans, land was set aside by the Fort Ord Reuse Authority for the construction of the cemetery.

A copy of the CalVet letter can be viewed at http://1.usa.gov/1bUStve

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CCVCF Live on Facebook!

CCVCF is rapidly ramping up outreach throughout the region and beyond.  Recognizing the pervasive reach of social media, CCVCF has established a Facebook page.  Like us today and join the growing community of support for this long-planned project.

Fundraising, Legislation

CCVCF Urges Governor to Sign SB232

Continuing to lobby for support of Senator Bill Monning’s recently passed Cemetery funding bill, SB232, CCVCF sent an urgent letter to Governor Jerry Brown requesting he sign the legislation into law.  On the heels of CCVCF’s contribution of $200,000, these additional funds will be applied toward the $2.6 million requirement of the State of California to accept the US Department of Veterans Affairs cemetery grant.  Read the CCVCF letter of support by clicking Support SB232.  Please feel free to join CCVCF by contacting Governor Brown and urging his immediate action on this key milestone.

Fundraising, Legislation

$1M for Fort Ord Veterans Cemetery

From Phillip Molnar, local reporter for the Monterey Herald:

“A bill now sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk could free up $1 million for the proposed veterans cemetery, whose backers are scrambling to meet a key financial deadline.  The cemetery foundation needs $2.6 million by mid-October in order to prevent a major delay — or worse — in the construction schedule. The bill sponsored by state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, and others works by moving money from the state’s general fund to an endowment fund for the cemetery.”

Read the full article by clicking Monning SB232, and stay tuned for more updates!