Historians would like to replace the tribute to military of decades ago.
April 24, 2014
Local historians urged the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday to approve a veterans garden for the fairgrounds to replace the one lost during the construction of the Pacific Amphitheatre more than 30 years ago.
In a short presentation, Costa Mesa Historical Society President Bob Palazzola reminded the board and fairgrounds staff about the Orange County Memorial Garden Center, a 1.4-acre nonprofit facility erected in 1954 that commemorated the lives and sacrifices of military personnel. In its heyday, he said, the garden contained 70 trees and 250 shrubs, enough to have the Costa Mesa City Council declare it a bird sanctuary in 1963.