Holidays, Patriotic

Declaration and Resolve

As we celebrate the Fourth of July today, joining in the “Happy 197th Anniversary!” atmosphere of the Freedom Festival here in Provo, all of us would do well to give some thoughtful consideration to perpetuating the firmness of resolve that accompanied the signing of the Delcaration of Independence in 1776. Suppose the drafters of the… Continue reading Declaration and Resolve

Holidays, Patriotic

Memorial Day Reflections

Memorial Day, 1977. This is a day of flags and flowers and memorials — and these have been in abundance during the holiday weekend here in Central Utah. It’s a day for recalling blessed memories in the winning and preservation of freedom, and of tribute to those who sacrificed for the cause. But the custom… Continue reading Memorial Day Reflections

History, Patriotic

Great Seal 200 Years Old Today

One of our revered national symbols–the Great Sea! of the United States–was impressed upon an official document for the first time Sept 16, 1782 … 200 years ago. The Great Seal is the official impression affixed to foreign treaties, presidential proclamations, and other important documents. It is assigned to custody of the Secretary of State.… Continue reading Great Seal 200 Years Old Today

Patriotic, Utah History

Great Utah Statehood Flag Waves Forever in the Heart

Since tomorrow is the 90th anniversary of Utah’s Jan. 4. 1896 entry into the Union as the 45th state, let’s reflect on the little-known story of a giant-sized American Flag made for the statehood celebration. The impressive emblem – 78 by 160 feet with six-foot-wide stripes – was claimed to be “the largest flag ever… Continue reading Great Utah Statehood Flag Waves Forever in the Heart

BYU, Holidays, Includes Story From Life of NLC, Patriotic, Provo History, Society

Lingering Thoughts of July 4, Bicentennial Events in Valley

A few of many lingering thoughts about the Bicentennial year Independence Day Celebration here: Seems to us an upsweep in patriotism was noticeable – partly attributable to the fanfare of the Bicentennial, but positive whatever the reason. The “Big flag” trend seems to have captured a great deal of attention in Utah and nationally. Tallest… Continue reading Lingering Thoughts of July 4, Bicentennial Events in Valley