‘I love my country’: Veterans, Gov. Cox focus on service, honoring military on Memorial Day

In this file photo, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol March 3, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 3, 2023 | Photo by Rick Bowmer, The Associated Press, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — Memorial Day isn’t just about picnics, relaxation and sun for John Jackman.

Significantly, it brings to mind military comrades who have died while serving the United States, the focus of the day, and generates a tinge of sorrow. “I’m still torn up that I’m here and they’re there,” he said.

Jackman and maybe 200 others gathered Monday at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City for a ceremony to mark Memorial Day, with Gov. Spencer Cox — the main speaker — offering a message similar to Jackman’s focused on the importance of service.

“Patriotism is about building our communities and making them better and, if called upon, being willing to give our life for this idea,” Cox said. “I hope that every one of us is willing to die for the idea of America. But if not called upon to give our lives, it’s my prayer that we will wear out our lives giving back to this place that has given us so much.”

Read the full story here: KSL News.

Written by TIM VANDENACK, KSL.com

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