Happy Pioneer Day
As people throughout our state take the
opportunity today to celebrate the coming of the
Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley, I want
to express my gratitude for the opportunity to
live in Utah and call myself a Utahn.
The story of the Mormon pioneers is very much
an American story. It is the story of a quest for
freedom and liberty. It is the story of those who
made the most of the opportunities around them --
those who built and those who planted. It is the
story of those who saw and cultivated the
potential of their surroundings.
Utah is great because its people make it so.
Utahns, regardless of religious affiliation, hold
solid values in common that I believe are
essential to the quality of life anywhere. These
include a strong work ethic, honesty, charity,
compassion, thrift, perseverance, and respect for
the family. There is a positive â€ścan
doâ€ť attitude in our state that is
irresistible and refreshing.
As our state motto indicates, Utah is
industrious. As we excel in the arts and
humanities, we also excel in the sciences and
commerce. This success has brought us an enviable
level of stability and prosperity, and sets the
stage for a stable future for our children.
Utahâ€™s natural beauty is unsurpassed. We
are surrounded by the majesty of our mountains
and forests; the breathtaking beauty of our red
rock canyons; and the wide, open, limitless
expanse of our farmlands and deserts.
Utah's storyÂ is replete with tales of
people who have displayed remarkable
determination and the will to forge ahead
regardless of the odds. Our history and our
people have truly made a desert blossom.
So as we celebrate today â€“ letâ€™s
all take a moment to give thanks for those who
have gone before, and those who are still blazing
trails so that we can call Utah home. Happy
Pioneer Day Utah!