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Happy Fourth of July 2022

Let me begin this week’s story by telling all the brave men and women in our Armed Forces how grateful we are as a country for all their sacrifices and commitments. I want to thank them for allowing all of us to enjoy the tremendous amounts of freedom we have. I want to try my best to remember this every day and never take them for granted.

I had heard several people talk about a Fourth of July program called the Stadium of Fire at the BYU stadium in Provo. It is a very patriotic program with a concert followed by fireworks. So, this year I wanted to take Kristi and her two sons Jeff and Carter to it for her birthday. (Her birthday is Tuesday, so you can already guess what next week’s story is going to be!) The headline act was Tim McGraw, and I have always loved his music.

The program began with a fly-over with three F35 jets from the Hill Air Force base. That was followed by the Golden Knights parachute team. It was incredible to watch their precision and accuracy as they descended into the stadium. At that point, there were several tributes to some remarkable people who have helped so many different people all over the world. Entrepreneurs who have helped provide food, education, and medical assistance to so many different regions. As they recognized these amazing people, it really struck me that I have not heard about any of them. Because that is not why they are doing it. They are not doing it for fame or recognition. They are not doing it so they can go on a late-night talk show to let everyone know how great they are. They are doing it simply because it is the right thing to do. They are doing it because that is a reward that money cannot buy. It inspires me to always keep that focus and do everything I can to help others. The best part of the program was when the honored a Ninety-One-year-old pilot from World War Two for his service. The crowd gave him a standing ovation, and you could see the tears well-up in his eyes.

 With the scenery of the beautiful mountains and all the families there with kids dressed up in patriotic attire, it was one of those moments you know you will always remember and hold close in your heart. It was a wonderful concert, and it was so great to be there and share it with Kristi and her sons. I hope you all have a safe and Happy Fourth of July and make some special memories with your friends and families. Thanks for reading.

Next week: Kristi’s birthday

P.S. The event was so good, it was worth driving in Utah traffic. And that is saying something!

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Posted by on April 23, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

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Posted by on April 16, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

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Posted by on April 8, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

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Posted by on April 2, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

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Posted by on March 26, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

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Posted by on March 19, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

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Posted by on March 12, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

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Posted by on March 5, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

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Posted by on February 26, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

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Posted by on February 19, 2022 in Journal | 0 comments

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