Yucaipa Assemblyman Urges Support for Fallen Soldier, Counter 'Hate Group'

Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, a Vietnam veteran and retired Marine Corps colonel, joined Thursday the growing outcry against an extremist church's announcement of intent to protest near a service for Army Pfc. Nathan Tyler Davis.

The state assemblyman for Yucaipa, Calimesa, Cherry Valley, Beaumont and Banning urged his constituents Thursday to show support for Army Pfc. Nathan 'Tyler' Davis and his family by lining the procession route for Davis' memorial service on Friday.

"Davis is a true hero," Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, said in an announcement. "Unfortunately, a hate group is threatening to picket his services. Let's show his family the best of Yucaipa by supporting his sacrifice and commitment to our freedom in a manner that is reverent and respectful. The city is helping to organize people to stand along the processional route, and I encourage anyone available to support this effort."

Davis, 20, of Yucaipa died June 9 in Tore Obeh, Afghanistan, when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb during combat operations, the Defense Department reported last week.

The memorial service for Davis is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Friday at Yucaipa Christian Church, 12954 Bryant St. Burial service is scheduled at Sunnyslope Cemetery, 40 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Beaumont.

Representatives of an based in Topeka, Kansas, announced earlier this week they intend to picket near the Davis service, and the news has ignited indignation, anger and calls for counter-protesting Friday in Yucaipa.

According to the Westboro Baptist Church website and a press release, people representing Westboro Baptist intend to gather at 10:15 a.m. "in respectful, lawful proximity" to the memorial service at Yucaipa Christian Church.

Davis graduated Green Valley High School in Yucaipa and was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

A map of the procession route from Yucaipa Christian Church, 12954 Bryant St., to Sunnyslope Cemetery, 40 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Beaumont, is on the City of Yucaipa's website at yucaipa.org.

"Residents are encouraged to line the route, bring American flags and wear red, white, and blue," Cook's staff said.

A printable pdf copy of the procession route is attached to this report.

Cook, a retired Marine Corps colonel and Vietnam veteran, is termed out in the State Assembly. He announced in February in the newly-formed 8th District in November 2012.

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Victor S Dominguez June 22, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Taking a position and demonstrating leadership in times like this shows strong leadership, Sacramento can take some tips from you. Thank You!
t June 22, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Cook had lockjaw while the fags took over his Marines.
a litttle justice June 22, 2012 at 05:47 AM
You forgot the rest of your name Mr.t IDIOt
Sharon June 22, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I am apolled about this man and his church....Or anyone one else who is as cruel and ignorant...How dare they speak of such ugliness againt a young man and the life he has lost..Shame on them....I am proud to stand beside our Military men and women...God bless them all....
L Hernandez June 22, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I served proudly in the U. S. Navy and decided to participate in the services for Nathan Tyler Davis even though I don't know him and his family, just because I wanted to express my support for them and to let people know that as a nation we should show our support for every man and woman that goes to any place on earth to preserve our freedom because freedom is worth fighting for. Leonard Hernandez


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