On this Memorial Day, we take a break from scandals to remember the life of Jose Angel Garibay. The Newport Harbor High graduate was the first Orange County casualty of the Iraq War, killed in action in 2003. In addition to being the first, Garibay's death was significant for another reason: He was born in Mexico, came to this country illegally as a child, signed up for the Marines while still a permanent resident, and finally received his citizenship only at his funeral. His final resting place is in Riverside National Cemetery, since Orange County has no veteran's cemetery, an oversight many county residents are fighting to change, in honor of veterans like Garibay.
FROM THIS EPISODE
More From Orange County Line
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Will Orange County go from Red to Blue? On a recent evening, about two dozen friends and neighbors gathered at a house party in Irvine. They had come to meet Katie Porter, a Democrat who’s running for Congress… Read More
To flip the House, Democrats eye Orange County The Democratic Party sees the 2018 midterms as the first national referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency and an opportunity to regain control of the House of Representatives. And California is… Read More