‘One size fits all’

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On the last Sunday of September, a dozen or so families gathered in the banquet hall of Famous Dave’s in West Jordan for a special ceremony. The room was filled to capacity, yet utterly silent. Everyone was standing with hands over their hearts, as soldiers from the Utah National Guard reverently, respectfully, retired the flag. … Read More

Building Blocks

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Utah is home to nearly 170,000 veterans who have courageously served our country. They are our sons and daughters, our mothers and fathers, our neighbors and friends. They are the few who were willing to put everything on the line to preserve our national security. Yet after they have so valiantly served, too many veterans … Read More

A Roadmap to Hope

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‘Thank You for Your Service” follows four veterans from the Iraqi War as they learn to live their lives again. Kenny Toone is the film’s main persona. His on-screen journey unravels a “moral injury” as he learns to survive the conflicts of his religious upbringing and combat traumas. “Kenny talks openly about combat, suicide attempts … Read More

Capturing history

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Kate De Groote has always been fascinated with history—specifically, how the past affects the future. She says her interest “mainly spawned” from her parents’, Michael and Barbara, interest in the past; but it has been the National History Day program that has allowed her to delve deeper and focus on specific events. The program begins … Read More