Logo

Fallen Warriors Monument

| Opinion | January 11, 2018

By Bill Reynolds

There’s something I’ve been steamed about since mid November and now it’s time that I publicize my issue. But first, I want to heartily thank our City of Santa Clarita for conducting such an excellent unveiling ceremony of our Fallen Warriors Monument last November 8th. In particular, I must acknowledge Mayor Cameron Smyth for his excellent role as Master of Ceremonies and Councilman Bob Kellar for expertly standing in for me.

As you may know, I had to pass on participating in this ceremony as I had the remarkable opportunity to travel to Vietnam with five other Vietnam War Veterans, including five of the six of us being from Santa Clarita, to meet President Donald Trump. It was an amazing experience sponsored by The Greatest Generations Foundation. Each of us found our president to be gracious, welcoming, humorous, and down-to-earth. We spent considerable spent time with President Trump and his chief of staff, General John Kelly, and we wished them continued success.

While in Vietnam, I received photos and videos from friends and family of the unveiling ceremony, which made my chest swell with pride. I still feel very proud of the outstanding community turn-out and how well the ceremony was accomplished. The portion that touched me most deeply was Ed and Kathy Colley’s tearful reaction upon seeing their sons’ engraved names as that black drape was slowly removed from the monument. Videos revealed much emotion by the Gold Star families who handled the unveiling. Santa Clarita Valley’s 49 fallen warriors will never be forgotten.

I also wish to thank the 200-plus SCV contributors who made this noble project possible, starting with The Signal newspaper for allowing me access into their archives to research articles on our war dead. The Signal strongly supported our project with constant status articles throughout the entire process. Without The Signal newspaper’s support, I’m not sure our monument would have happened. Big kudos go to The Signal’s management and staff.

Donations came in from all quarters of our community during our fundraising drive, of which $57,000 was quickly contributed. There was a serious and conscious effort made to avoid politicizing this beautiful project, in any form. Not one person publicized his/her political affiliation and that held true right up to the very day of our unveiling ceremony.

Advertisment

Very late in the project, one local resident, Anthony Breznican, sent me a text offering to make a personal monetary donation. I declined his offer, as it was already fully funded. He then asked if he could provide donuts and coffee for the unveiling ceremony and I graciously accepted. There was no thought whatsoever that Breznican would interject his personal politics into this sober ceremony by bringing boxes of donuts affixed with 25UP (United for Progress) logos.

When I confronted Breznican about his treachery, he vehemently protested, telling me that he’s the victim due to my lack of appreciation. He flatly refused to admit that he owed an apology to everyone involved.

This was an intentional betrayal. His act was thoroughly deceitful. It’s noted that Anthony Breznican has experience as a USA Today reporter and Entertainment Weekly as a senior writer.

The group’s website says it all: 25UP ( http://www.ca25up.org/ ) founded by a Santa Clarita COC college student. Their website states:

Statement by 25UP’s founder, Phillip Germain

“I’ve been a proud resident of SCV for over 15 years and I have been involved in politics since the ripe old age of 11. I started as an intern and became a campaign finance staffer, doing everything in my power to get Democrats elected. After the pain of November 8th, I decided to found CA25 United for Progress to help people get organized. It has been simply amazing to grow this organization and help so many get engaged to make a difference. When I’m not organizing, you can find me at COC working on my PoliSci degree, taking a flight lesson, or traveling.”

25UP’s Goal

“Convert California’s 25th Congressional District from RED to BLUE.”
This group is a radical left-wing organization that’s been hounding our local GOP elected officials with false signs and advertisements. It’s clear that Breznican and his associates are on a mission to destroy political opponents while attempting to normalize their organization using deceptive methods.

Don’t be fooled by 25UP or the likes of Anthony Breznican.

Bill Reynolds, as president of SCV Veterans Memorial, Inc., spearheaded the Fallen Warriors Monument project.

No Tags

  

About Newsroom

Santa Clarita Gazette and Free Classifieds is a locally owned weekly publication. Each week you will find news, opinion, restaurant reviews and more plus over 200 classified ads online and in print! Each week’s issue is printed and distributed on Thursdays and Fridays, the full edition is also here on the web site on Thursdays as a page flip. All of the articles and classified ads are online and display ads are printed and appear on various pages of the web site to correspond with the print ad.

Leave a Reply

  • Vote for Best of Canyon Country

    by on September 1, 2017 - 0 Comments

    It's not too late! Vote for your favorite businesses in Canyon Country! Show some love to the best of Canyon Country - here's the link!   https://san...

  • Conspiracy to Commit Fraud - California Penal Code 182 PC

    by on October 26, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Two transient women were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud when it was discovered they were lying to passersby to elicit donations. C. Doll, 2...

  • Challenging Bail

    by on November 2, 2017 - 1 Comments

    Because of a computer algorithm, a man who had been arrested some 20 times, most recently for illegal possession of a handgun, was released from jail without ba...

  • Money is King

    by on November 9, 2017 - 1 Comments

    by Betty Arenson Big money is married to a number of things and Major League Baseball and the National Football League are two of the spouses. Considering th...

  • Our 1000th Issue!

    by on November 9, 2017 - 1 Comments

    Dear Readers, Friends and Detractors: As we publish our 1000th issue it's a good time to briefly look back at our history. In 1998 we felt the need for a loc...

  • Doug's Rant

    by on November 9, 2017 - 1 Comments

    “Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.” (Robert Frost) The headline of the opinion piece in The Signal st...

Doug’s Rant – Video Edition

  • WatchDoug's Rant June 16, 2017
  • WatchDoug's Rant May 26