Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Do not be deceived by a petition that pretends to “Save the Veterans Cemetery.”
The truth is that our veterans cemetery does not need saving — except from these out-of-town mercenaries who want you to sign their fraudulent petition!
They pretend that they support our veterans when the truth is that if their petition succeeds, the veterans cemetery will be (at best) delayed and likely destroyed.
They pretend to have grassroots support, but the truth is that they are paid out-of-town mercenaries, while the current “Strawberry Fields” location of the veterans cemetery is supported by every veterans’ organization and a formidable bipartisan array of local officials from across the political spectrum.
They will lie and tell you that they want the veterans cemetery to be in the Great Park, when the truth is that the original (and highly contaminated) was never in the Great Park.
They will not tell you that the current “Strawberry Fields” location was once part of the former El Toro Marine Base, which was the last American soil that many Marines stood on before they left for World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam, never to return.
They will not tell you that creating the veterans cemetery in their preferred location would cost the taxpayers $80 million in decontamination and demolition before the cemetery could even start to be built.
The truth is that the land exchange that the petition seeks to stop will ensure that the Veterans Cemetery is build faster and with approximately $80 million in savings for state and local taxpayers.
They use stolen valor when they claim to be supported by veterans organizations. The truth is that the American Legion has ordered them to stop using their organization’s symbol, but they’ve refused:
Now they’ve brought in hundreds of out-of-town paid signature gatherers from Los Angles, San Bernardino and Oakland and put them up in hotels.
And they are violent.
This weekend, other anti-petition volunteers and I were threatened and menaced multiple times by these out-of-town paid signature gatherers.
One of these paid mercenaries threatened me and then grabbed my sign, hit me with it and tore it up. He ran away when I called the police, but was caught when pointed out by several witnesses. He later told the police he was a “political consultant” who lived in Colorado.
Another volunteer reports that she was “spat at, called some of most horrible names you could call a woman, physically intimidated and shouted at by paid signature gatherers who came from out-of-town to get $3 per signature to lie about ‘saving the cemetery’. They are angry that we are so effective and let the public know they are lying. Please don’t sign their petitions!”
Here is a rogues gallery of these paid out-of-town signature gatherers:
After I was assaulted, I went back home, shaken. A Vietnam War Marine veteran who was also volunteering said to me “at least they were not shooting at you.”
I got a cup of coffee, took a shower, and went back out.
I will not be silenced. I will continue to fight for those who fight and have fought for America.
It is an honor to do so.
I hope you will join me.
If you can help us defeat these mercenaries who have invaded Irvine and their malicious petition, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve signed one of these petitions because you mistakenly believed it would “save the veterans cemetery,” you can easily revoke your signature by filling out a simple form. Please contact me at email@example.com and I will get this form to you.
As the daughter of an Orange County Korean War combat veteran, and the cousin of a Marine who was killed in action, I strongly support this land exchange that will greatly facilitate making an Orange County veterans cemetery a reality. I am tremendously proud to have participated in making sure that Orange County’s veterans – who have sacrificed so much for us – will at last have a final resting place close to their families and loved ones.
Please contact me to help.
Let’s do this together.