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Mare Island Naval/Military Cemetery
Oldest Navy Military Cemetery In Pacific In Dire
Need Of Repair and Restoration
Mare Island was a Naval Base and a Navy shipyard for 150 years. In 1996 it was closed during the BRAC program when many military bases in the US were also closed. The Mare Island physical land and facilities were deeded to the City of Vallejo in 1996. The ownership transfer included the on-base Cemetery which is the oldest Naval Military Cemetery in the Pacific. No funds were provided to perpetually maintain and care for the Cemetery. Shortly after the ownership transfer the City of Vallejo had to declare bankruptcy.
While the City attempted to care for the cemetery, the lack of funds resulted in its deterioration of the over the last 22 years.
Along with other Veterans, there are three Metal of Honor recipients interned at the facility. It is a shame that their interment does not enjoy the respect and recognition provided by a National Cemetery burial site. The facility should have the status of a shrine. First internment was in 1855.
There is now an organized movement to have the U.S. Government resume the ownership, restoration and continuous maintenance of the Cemetery. It will require the Federal Legislation to accomplish the required reversal of the ownership. The City of Vallejo is agreeable and formally requesting such a transfer, without compensation.
There already have been several meetings with Federal Legislative Representatives to encourage them to introduce the needed legislation. In order to get this accomplished, a great deal of public and media attention and support will be required, especially from Veterans.
MARE ISLAND NAVAL MILITARY CEMETERY
in its current state today
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Vallejo wins Defense Department contract to make Mare Island Naval Cemetery repairs
By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen, Vallejo Times-Herald