Dec 10, 2015 09:09AM
● By Bryan Scott
Taylorsville - The Veterans Day Celebration began on Wednesday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m. with our sixth Veterans Day Parade. The route traveled south from 4900 South to 5400 South on 2700 West, ending at Taylorsville City Hall. More than 30 entries participated in the parade, with Dennis Chomech, US Army, and Roy Feragen, US Navy, as Grand Marshals. Along the parade route were 5th-grade classes from all nine elementary schools in Taylorsville. The theme of the parade was “Honoring Combat Veterans.”
The Veterans Day Program began at 12:15 p.m., with Congressman Chris Stewart as the Key-Note Speaker. Taylorsville Jr. ROTC performed the flag ceremony. Pastor Noah Bater gave the Invocation. Soloist Matthew Boeckmann sang the National Anthem. The second grade class at Vista Elementary performed a Patriotic Medley. Mayor Larry Johnson presented the Grand Marshals with a shadow box containing a flag. Recognition of veterans of all branches of the military stood to be honored. The 1st place winners of the Essay and Poster Contest (Bridget Raymundo, Maliyah Toone, Jack Tanni, Chloe Raymundo) received medals. Visitors were invited to visit the Utah Honor Flight, Kearns Historical Society, National Wheel Chair Games, and view WWII memorabilia inside City Hall on display from the WWII Era Preservation Society.
Thank you to the Veterans Day Committee, Taylorsville Exchange Club, Redwood Memorial Estates for setting up of the “Flags of Honor”, Brian Carlson-ABC4, Don Hudson-ABC4, Kearns Historical Society, Markosian Auto, Taylorsville High School Jr. ROTC, Taylorsville Youth Council and Ambassadors, Unified Fire Authority, Unified Police Department, United Veterans Council, Utah Honor Flight, Utah National Guard, Arcadia Elementary, Calvin Smith Elementary, Bennion Elementary, Fox Hills Elementary, Plymouth Elementary, Fremont Elementary, Westbrook Elementary, Vista Elementary, WWII Era Preservation Society. And most importantly, we would like to thank all the Veterans for their patriotism, bravery, love, and willingness to serve.