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CONTACT: Stephanie Freedman (916–319-2072)
December 2, 2013
Let’s Rally Behind Johnny’s Saloon to Keep Their Sign that Honors Veterans
The community of Huntington Beach is fighting to keep the beloved neighborhood sign that reads “Thank a Veteran for your Freedom”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) issued the following statement regarding the City of Huntington Beach demanding the removal of a beloved community sign that honors our nation’s veterans.
“I encourage everyone to continue to rally behind Johnny’s Saloon in their fight to keep the sign above their establishment that reads, “Thank a Veteran for your Freedom.” The United States is a great country because it is a free country and we should always remember to thank our veterans who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe and free. I will work to do everything I can to ensure that this sign honoring our veterans remains standing in our city,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen.
The sign has been above the local business for over ten years, since the building was constructed in the area. Last week, the owner received a notice that they have until tomorrow to remove the sign or they will receive a $960 fine. Multiple rallies have ensued to protect the sign and the message it provides to the community. A petition has since been circulating that has received over 3,775 signatures. Advocates interested in voicing their opinion can also contact the members of the Huntington Beach City Council directly. Contact information can be found here.
“Our sign has been a staple of our community for years showing our veterans we thank them for our freedom. We are confident the patriotic City of Huntington Beach will work with us on a solution. It is important that our community leaders listen to the citizens and veterans and help us keep the sign,” said owner of Johnny’s Saloon, Johnny Kresimir.