Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined by federal and local officials, including White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and Director of the Bureau of Land Management Bob Abbey, to officially dedicate the 14,560-acre Fort Ord National Monument. The Secretary was also joined by Rep. Sam Farr; Garrison Commander Col. Joel J. Clark; and Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes. Nearly 400 community members and military veterans also participated in the ceremony.
Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey speaks at the Dedication of the Fort Ord National Monument. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar speaking at Dedication of the Fort Ord National Monument. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar unveils the Fort Ord National Monument sign. He noted that the dedication was held on Armed Services Day and that the Monument was designated in part to honor the many generations of American soldiers who trained and served at the former Army base, Salazar reminded the participants that, this week, the Administration launched a program to provide active duty military service members and their families free access to more than 2,000 federal recreational sites across the country, including national parks and other public lands. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar with Congressman Sam Farr (right) and 88-year-old, Sgt. Allen McDonald (center). McDonald, was stationed at Ford Ord during World War II and was a member of the B Troop 5th Cavalry Division. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications