Homecoming Event For Pasadena Soldiers Cancelled Due To Conflict With Mayor’s Birthday
October 14, 2015 - Local
Pasadena Mayor Robert Sanchez has announced that a previously scheduled homecoming celebration for a group of Pasadena-raised military heroes will be cancelled as the event was planned to take place on his birthday.
“I am so sorry to announce that due to the selfish decision of the Pasadena Veteran’s Action Committee to schedule this event on my birthday, we must now postpone it indefinitely,” said Mayor Sanchez in a news conference.
“It saddens me to think that these veterans will not receive the homecoming they deserve thanks to the incredibly stupid and vain actions of the committee,” he added.
Ronald Barton, a member of US Special Forces, said he is disappointed he won’t be able to celebrate his return with his family.
“I’m told that not only has the event been cancelled, but we actually have to stay in Iraq for the time being so we don’t distract from the mayor’s birthday. That seems kind of unfair,” he told The Pasadenoid.
“The mayor at least could have at least invited us to his party,” he said.
Lisa Dredericks, a committee member who helped plan the event, said the group was blindsided by the announcement from the mayor.
“We had been planning this for months,” she said while sobbing into a handkerchief.
“We’ve been in constant communication with the soldiers and their families to make this event perfect. Yesterday I told an eight-year-old girl ‘Daddy’s finally coming home’. We practiced hugging.” she added.
The event has not been rescheduled yet, and will require approval from the mayor’s office once the date is determined. Sanchez says he hopes there will be no confusion next time around.
“Let’s just hope the selfish jerks at the Action Committee don’t choose the day of my half-birthday, my bowling league championship, my niece’s Bat Mitzvah, or the anniversary of the day I got my tonsils out,” he said.