Today our Utah Daughters join in honoring the Gold Star Mothers and their families for the great sacrifice that they have experienced. We honor and revere the loss of their son or daughter during their service in the United States Armed Forces.
We love you and are incredibly humbled by your strength. We grieve with you and pray for you.
The Utah Daughters celebrated Constitution Week by distributing 10,000 Constitution Packets and Booklets throughout the State for students to learn about the origin and contents of the Constitution of the United States of America.
Displays were made at the Roy Library and the North Logan Library about our Constitution.
The governor and many local municipalities across the State made Proclamations in honor of Constitution Week.
We love the Constitution for its living nature that assures each of us freedoms that we cherish and appreciate. It is a privilege to celebrate the Constitution each year.
As our nation reflects on the solemn twentieth anniversary of September 11th, 2001, the Utah Daughters also marked this hallowed event by participating in Remembrance Events like flag ceremonies, moments of silence, and wreath layings in honor of those who lost their lives as innocent civilians, first responders and active service members.
While we pause to remember and reflect upon those tragic events on that clear September morning, the Utah Daughters hope that we can remember the feeling of September 12th, 2001 as we drew together as a people.
The Utah State Society, NSDAR along with the Utah Children of the American Revolution were invited to participate in a flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day in Provo, Utah during America’s Freedom Festival.
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This State Regent is so proud and honored that the Utah Daughters and Children of the American Revolution were able to participate at this event. The following photos are courtesy of Utah Daughters Lori Liljenquist, Randi Frausto, and Valerie Hunt.
As a feature of our 124th Utah State Conference, a program was held in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park near to where the DAR Fountain is located.
While the fountain is only sculptural edifice to the past, as it is no longer a functioning drinking fountain, the past Utah Daughters would be pleased that it is surrounded by plants and flowers remaining a monument to Utah’s DAR history.
A program was held with talks from the Utah State Historian and State Historic Preservation Chair. A musical number, with bagpipes and a drum, was performed by a Utah Daughter and her mother. Refreshments followed the program.
Despite temperatures being quite hot, the Utah Daughters look effortlessly cool as they posed for photos in front of the Fountain’s flower bed.
Sharing Our DAR Legacy through Historic Preservation,
As Utah State Regent, I am pleased to present the ModernIrrigation Monument which commemorates the Utah Pioneers’ ingenuity in diverting creek water to irrigate their newly sown fields upon arrival in the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847.
At the 1931 dedication by the Utah State Conference of the USSDAR, an American Flag was removed to unveil the impressive monument.
During the rededication ceremony in 1938, Utah Governor Henry H. Blood stated, “For their act in commemorating the advent of fruitful agriculture in the state as pioneers in modernirrigation who have been an inspiration to new generations.”
The Fur Trappers and Traders monument is located in Warm Springs Park in Salt Lake City. This marker commemorates the arrival of these explorers to the Utah Territory.
James Bridger, Etienne Provost, and Jedediah S. Smith were named as the principal leaders on the monument’s bronze marker listing them as discoverers, fur trappers, and traders.
Mrs. George H. Dern, the former Charlotte “Lottie” Brown, who was the Spirit of Liberty Chapter Regent, the past Utah DAR State Regent, and the current First Lady of Utah, unveiled this monument in August 1926.
It was draped with a American Flag in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the arrival of these fur trappers and traders to Utah who were credited with the discovery of the massive Great Salt Lake.
A very special thank you to State Historian Lisa Hoyt and the Historic Preservation Committee State Chair Cindy Toone for their service and support in the preservation of the DAR Monuments and Markers in Utah.
It is my privilege to work with the members of the Pony Express Chapter and the Sego Lily Chapter on the restoration of a large NSDAR marker commemorating a “Site of a Pony Express Station 1860-1861.” The marker was originally dedicated in 1924 by the Spirit of Liberty Chapter, NSDAR.
Pony Express riders carried mail on horseback 1800 miles in ten days from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. Their ride took them through some of the most desolate country in the Western United States.
Author Mark Twain was purported to be a guest at the Salt Lake Station, one of the most comfortable along the trail that this marker commemorates.
After completion of the street beautification, it is proposed that the marker be placed in a breezeway at the former Salt Lake Tribune Building on 143 South Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City which was the original site of the Salt Lake Pony Express Station.
A special thank you to State Historian Lisa Hoyt and Historic Preservation Committee State Chair Cindy Toone for their support of the preservation of the DAR Monuments and Markers in Utah.
The Escalante Marker is located at 10 South Main Street in Spanish Fork, Utah. It is a tribute to the Spanish Priest/Explorer Father Silvestre Valez de Escalante, the first white man to reach the State of Utah on September 23, 1776.
With an early snowstorm and short provisions, Father Escalante and his small band knelt amidst the frozen sagebrush and prayed for guidance to reach California for they knew not how.
Although they did not reach California, they returned to New Mexico by crossing over the Colorado River and climbing the steep cliffs known as the “Crossing of the Fathers” into New Mexico.
The marker is affixed to a six-ton conglomerate boulder that was furnished by the City of Spanish Fork. It was dedicated by the Spirit of Liberty Chapter in 1922 and re-dedicated in 1923 in a formal ceremony.
A very special thank you to State Historian Lisa Hoyt, Wasatch Range Chapter Regent Kelly Shaeffer-Bullock, and Historic Preservation Committee State Chair Cindy Toone for their outstanding support in the preservation of DAR Monuments and Markers in Utah.