Thursday, October 25, 2012

Taylorsville Remembers Sacrifice of Veterans

The City of Taylorsville and United Veterans Council will host the 2012 Veterans Day Parade and Program on Sunday, November 11 in Taylorsville.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Valley Regional Park (5100 S. 2700 W.) and ends at Taylorsville City Hall (2600 W. 5325 S.). The co-grand marshals in the parade are Sergeant Major Patrick N. Watkins, who served three tours of duty in Vietnam, and Senior Master Sergeant Chuck Davis who served in both Korea and Vietnam.

Following the parade, at 12:15 p.m., there will be a program next to the newly- dedicated Taylorsville Veterans Memorial on the south side of Taylorsville City Hall. The keynote speaker is Major General Jefferson Burton.

In addition to the parade and program, a Field of Honor will be set up south of Taylorsville City Hall. This is a memorial to fallen soldiers in Utah who lost their lives in recent wars. A flag representing each fallen soldier and information on that soldier is part of the memorial.

Inside city hall the largest World War II collection in Utah will be on display. Chip Henneman, owner of the collection, first became interested in WWII memorabilia at the age of 5. For more than 30 years he has collected items from all branches of service.

“We are honored to once again be chosen to host the Veterans Day Parade,” said Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall. “We appreciate veterans and their families and their many sacrifices for our freedoms.” 

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