Construction commences on Fallen Warriors Monument

By Gina Ender

Last update: Friday, September 8th, 2017

The city broke ground this week in Veterans Historical Plaza to make way for the Fallen Warriors Monument.

Shovels hit the dirt on Thursday after two years of planning and just two weeks after the city council signed off on the monument’s final design.

“As I’m standing there looking at all these people and the work underway, it kind of grabbed me emotionally,” Bill Reynolds, who conceptualized the project and serves as The Signal’s director of Veterans Affairs said.

Reynolds met with city staff and a representative for C.A. Rasmussen, Inc., who is doing all of the concrete work for the monument’s footing.

The construction company expects to pour the concrete next week, Reynolds said.

This week, city maintenance workers relocated the irrigation system that was in the way of the monument.

C.A. Rasmussen had anticipated they would do this aspect of the project as well, so Reynolds said he was pleasantly surprised that the city took it on.

“It was a major boost for our project,” Reynolds said. “It caught me by surprise and it will make the project so much better.”

The city had to relocate the irrigation system in Veterans Historical Plaza to make way for the Fallen Warriors Monument. Courtesy of Bill Reynolds.

According to Julia Regan, project manager for the monument, the city was prepared to handle the irrigation changes to make way for C.A. Rasmussen to start their work on Monday.

“Once the city parks team was able to locate where the irrigation lines were, they determined it was something they could readily take care of themselves and they stepped up and did it,” Regan said.

Beside the materials that were donated for the project from community members, the city is purchasing all other materials and will build the pergola to go over the monument.

“Our involvement is to help coordinate construction and offer assistance as they need it as far as any city requirements,” Regan said.

The area under construction in Veterans Historical Plaza will be blocked off until the project is complete.

There will not be any impacts to traffic, Regan said.

Community members can see the completed monument on Nov. 8 at the unveiling ceremony.

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Construction commences on Fallen Warriors Monument

Project Manager Julia Regan (right) stands beside Bill Reynolds on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 and discusses the construction to take place in Veterans Historical Plaza. Courtesy of Bill Reynolds.

The city broke ground this week in Veterans Historical Plaza to make way for the Fallen Warriors Monument.

Shovels hit the dirt on Thursday after two years of planning and just two weeks after the city council signed off on the monument’s final design.

“As I’m standing there looking at all these people and the work underway, it kind of grabbed me emotionally,” Bill Reynolds, who conceptualized the project and serves as The Signal’s director of Veterans Affairs said.

Reynolds met with city staff and a representative for C.A. Rasmussen, Inc., who is doing all of the concrete work for the monument’s footing.

The construction company expects to pour the concrete next week, Reynolds said.

This week, city maintenance workers relocated the irrigation system that was in the way of the monument.

C.A. Rasmussen had anticipated they would do this aspect of the project as well, so Reynolds said he was pleasantly surprised that the city took it on.

“It was a major boost for our project,” Reynolds said. “It caught me by surprise and it will make the project so much better.”

The city had to relocate the irrigation system in Veterans Historical Plaza to make way for the Fallen Warriors Monument. Courtesy of Bill Reynolds.

According to Julia Regan, project manager for the monument, the city was prepared to handle the irrigation changes to make way for C.A. Rasmussen to start their work on Monday.

“Once the city parks team was able to locate where the irrigation lines were, they determined it was something they could readily take care of themselves and they stepped up and did it,” Regan said.

Beside the materials that were donated for the project from community members, the city is purchasing all other materials and will build the pergola to go over the monument.

“Our involvement is to help coordinate construction and offer assistance as they need it as far as any city requirements,” Regan said.

The area under construction in Veterans Historical Plaza will be blocked off until the project is complete.

There will not be any impacts to traffic, Regan said.

Community members can see the completed monument on Nov. 8 at the unveiling ceremony.

About the author

Gina Ender

Gina Ender

Gina Ender is a journalist covering city government and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in February 2017. You can contact Gina Ender at gender@signalscv.com, 661-287-5525 or follow her on Twitter at @ginaender.

  • Anthony Breznican

    Can’t wait to bring the kids to see this. Once again, nice work, Bill Reynolds. You fought through some inexplicable resistance to make this memorial happen. Good to see you still have the backs of those who gave all.