We Were There

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1996
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title We Were There
Description In thinking about our centennial year, I thought of Lesty time and time again. She personifies so well the pioneer spirit that has made our state stand out among states. And just as she watched the "Centennial School" being built, and then dedicated in 1896, so 1 have watched her, first in person, then in my mind's eye, represent the Centennial Spirit we are celebrating during this one hundredth anniversary year-1996. She went by Lesty. but everyone knew her to be "Celestial"! We Were There Linnie M. Findlay Professional Second Place Personal Recollection My husband and I were there in the great Salt Lake Tabernacle in January 1946 when a celebration of fifty years of Utah Statehood was held. That is too long ago to remember much of what was said on that occasion, but I do remember some of what 1 felt as I listened to the speeches and the music. The Tabernacle was probably full. We sat in the first row of the south balcony, up near the front of the building. There was a military band and the formal speeches commemorating the Pioneer trek across the plains to the valleys of the mountains and the long and persistent effort to gain a place among the states of the United States and be represented by a new star in the flag. Someone named Frances Newton has said that she discovered in a book titled The Flag of the United States...It's History and Symbolism by Col. James A. Moss that "the reason why our forefathers placed stars in our National Emblem is given in the Congressional Act of June 14, 1777, which adopted the Flag and prescribed that the Union be thirteen stars in a blue field-representing a New constellation...symbolizing...the stars in the heavens; signaling to mankind the birth of the first nation on earth dedicated to personal and religious liberty; a sanctuary to which men and women the world over, oppressed because of religious and other beliefs, might take refuge and enjoy Life. Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." I don't know if all of our pioneer ancestors were aware of that lofty ideal, as they had suffered much persecution on account of their religious beliefs. They had sent a number of "Memorials" to congress 106
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326669
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