With smiles and joyous tears, fifty individuals stood with raised right hands repeating the Oath of Citizenship to the United States of America at the first public Utah Naturalization Ceremony since the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic on December 16th, 2021 at This Is The Place State Park.
As a guest speaker, it was a special honor to congratulate and encourage these new Americans.
I was joined by our Americanism State Chair and the Princess Timpanogos Chapter Regent. Members passed out a Flag Code Booklet to each new citizen.
Bright and early on September 18th, Utah Daughters met at the Salt Lake International Airport to greet, register, and send-off Veterans from around the state for the Utah Honor Flight. It is the first since the pandemic began.
The Battlin’ Betties, the Utah Patriot Guard, and the Bag Pipers of Utah were also in attendance.
Then on Saturday the 19th, several daughters from the Golden Spike Chapter including our DAR Service for Veterans State Chair greeted the Veterans as they returned home from their visit to Washington, D.C.
What a celebration! Family members lined the hallway as the Veterans passed through welcoming them home.
Utah DAR is proud to work with the Utah Honor Flight and look forward to many more opportunities to serve these Utah Veterans.
Today our Utah Daughters join in honoring the Gold Star Mothers and their families for the great sacrifice that they have experienced. We honor and revere the loss of their son or daughter during their service in the United States Armed Forces.
We love you and are incredibly humbled by your strength. We grieve with you and pray for you.
The Utah Daughters celebrated Constitution Week by distributing 10,000 Constitution Packets and Booklets throughout the State for students to learn about the origin and contents of the Constitution of the United States of America.
Displays were made at the Roy Library and the North Logan Library about our Constitution.
The governor and many local municipalities across the State made Proclamations in honor of Constitution Week.
We love the Constitution for its living nature that assures each of us freedoms that we cherish and appreciate. It is a privilege to celebrate the Constitution each year.
As our nation reflects on the solemn twentieth anniversary of September 11th, 2001, the Utah Daughters also marked this hallowed event by participating in Remembrance Events like flag ceremonies, moments of silence, and wreath layings in honor of those who lost their lives as innocent civilians, first responders and active service members.
While we pause to remember and reflect upon those tragic events on that clear September morning, the Utah Daughters hope that we can remember the feeling of September 12th, 2001 as we drew together as a people.
Members of the Wasatch Range Chapter had the pleasure to honor women veterans of Utah at the dedication for the Women Veterans’ Monument in Spanish Fork Cemetery. Wasatch Range also had the opportunity to volunteer at the American Legion’s “Hats Off to Lady Veterans” Tea at the Spanish Fork Senior Center. The Tea was rescheduled several times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Members used their laptops to help women veterans at the tea register for the Women’s Memorial database and also assisted with other needed tasks during the tea.
After catastrophic flash flooding abruptly devastated parts of Cedar City, Utah at the end of July. Many students from Southern Utah University were displaced from their housing and lost many of their belongings.
Utah Daughters from the Bald Eagle Chapter came together gathering hundreds of in-kind and cash donations to replace what the students lost from clothing to electronics to housewares.
As State Regent, I commend these ladies for their service to their community in the face of this disaster.
Community Classroom is one of our favorite service activities that we do throughout the year. Our generous Utah Daughters donate to school food pantries throughout the state to assist children and their families.
Leading the way is the Salt Lake Valley Chapter’s donation of over 500 pounds of food and school supplies to the Sandy Elementary School Pantry. The Chapter members restock all of the food pantry shelves several times during the year.
The Spirit of America Chapter also donates to the Herriman and South Jordan School Districts Pantries several times yearly.
Way to “Rise and Shine,” ladies! Thank you for all you do and your generosity always!