The Santa Clarita Parks Commission approved one military veteran’s plan for a monument honoring the SCV’s fallen warriors Thursday.
“The commission voted unanimously to support the proposal but wants the City Council to work with stakeholders to find the most appropriate location,” City Parks Director Rick Gould said. “(That) could be the Veterans Historical Plaza but it might be another location in the community.”
It is unclear when the proposal will advance to the City Council, Gould said, since the commission still needs to come up with a location. City staff recommended that the monument go somewhere other than Veterans Historical Plaza in Newhall, where the proponent wants it, because the design would be inconsistent with the original design of the plaza, according to a staff report.
“I was frustrated with the process but I was pleased with the outcome,” said Bill Reynolds, a Vietnam veteran and the man behind the plan and design of the memorial.
“The base of this monument is designed to perfectly match the existing waterfalls (at the plaza in Newhall),” he said. “The waterfalls are not impacted in any way, shape or form. The war memorial would be placed such that it would not impede pedestrian traffic in any way.”
Reynolds’ conceptual monument plan.
Reynolds’ design concept includes a granite wall bearing the names of SCV residents killed in action from World War I to the present.
>> See Reynolds’ proposal in [this video].
Construction of the 8-by-6-foot wall at the Veterans Historical Plaza would require the removal of a decorative flower urn that was purchased by local businessmen, the staff report said.
“There’s so much consternation and angst about removing a flower urn that is unsightly and unused,” said Reynolds.
Recognition at the plaza is currently given to fallen soldiers via commemorative bricks with name of the honoree, the year killed, and a star. There are 14 such bricks installed at the plaza.
“I look at it from this standpoint: If (the monument) is placed there, it would have all the names of our fallen soliders. It just seems that it’s a disrespect for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, to have bricks in the sidewalk where people walk,” Reynolds said.
The monument is projected to cost $45,115, according to information presented to the commission.