Southwick man says he was uninvited to speak at veterans dedication ceremony

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A Southwick man said he was uninvited to speak at a dedication ceremony for veterans and their families at Southwick Regional High School in May.

Kyle Reyes, who is from Southwick, said it came as a surprise to him weeks before the dedication.

Reyes believes he was uninvited because of his conservative viewpoints.

Reyes was invited by the V.F.W. in Southwick to speak and emcee the event on May 21. The school is dedicating a foyer for veterans and their families.

"I got a phone call from a member of the VFW who said Kyle, I am so sorry to do this but I have to un-invite you from speaking at this event and being our emcee, said Reyes.

Reyes said he has been invited to speak at many places across the country, from colleges to speaking engagements in front of conservative veterans who became police officers.

"I do speaking engagements across the country, everything from marketing and social media to a lot of focus on law enforcement and veterans. I'm a national spokesperson for law enforcement today and so when I go to these speaking engagements, it's always about the audience and what do they need to hear," said Reyes.

Reyes said the news that he would no longer be invited to speak at the school came as a shock when he believes the speech he would be giving is not controversial at all.

"At this particular event, I was going to be talking about how on September 11, I was sitting in a history classroom at Southwick High School when I watched those towers fall and over the years, many of my friends went on to serve our country," said Reyes.

The Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District released a statement to Western Mass News which wrote:Out of respect to Southwick's and Granville's fallen heroes and their families, we are striving to keep the focus of the dedication ceremony on these veterans and their immeasurable service to our nation.“This event isn't about me, it's not about politics or anything controversial, this is about honoring men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to our country,” said Reyes.

Reyes will now speak at the V.F.W dinner in May. Copyright 2018 Western Mass News (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

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