july is one of my favorite months, packed full of celebrations and family activities. Independence Day on July 4th holds a special place in every Americans heart. The signers of the Declaration of Independence sacrificed more than any of us can imagine, driven by the unquenchable desire for freedom and being led by a Supreme power to establish the United States of America. One my favorite lines from the Declaration of Independence is: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are empowered by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
July 24th holds a special place in the heart of every Latter Day Saint. Pioneer Day is of particular significance to each of us as members of The National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers. Each of us can gain strength and courage from our pioneer heritage and the legacy they left us. It is our duty as members of the SUP to keep their stories alive and prevent them from fading into a distant memory. Every chance you get tell a short pioneer story. This could be in Family Home Evening, a talk or lesson at church or sitting on the back porch with a grandchild. Make sure their legacy never dies.
There are many local, state and national activities plans to celebrate Independence Day and Pioneer Day over the next 24 days. Make plans to attend as many as you can. The SUP has many activities planned as well. On July 19th is our annual SUPER/DUPER Day at Heritage State Park.
President Dallin H. Oaks will be speaking at the devotional. On July 20th we will have the Bear Flag dedication at the SUP Headquarters building at 6pm. Then on July 23rd, yes the 23rd, will be the Sunrise Service at 7am in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Following the Sunrise Service at 9am we as the SUP will be pulling handcarts in the Pioneer Day Parade. Meet on South Temple between Main and State Street’s and join us in the parade.
Recently Pioneer Magazine’s Volumes 2-3 2020 editions on “The Settlement of Utah County,” won a 2020 Clarence Dixon Taylor Historical Research Award for scholarly work. A special dinner (pictured here) for the editorial board was hosted by our publisher Bill Tanner. I cannot thank Bill and his team enough for the quality publication that the Pioneer is. Great job to you all.
July is a great month as we celebrate our Nation’s Independence and our Pioneer ancestors. Have a great month, share a pioneer story and be Pioneer Strong.