North Summit vets to honor their fallen comrades on Memorial Day
More than 100 are expected to attend main event at Coalville Cemetery
May 26, 2017
Al Clark considers himself among the lucky ones. The Coalville resident and Navy veteran who served briefly during the Korean War and was deployed again later in the Mediterranean with the Sixth Fleet said he was fortunate to survive the conflicts he witnessed knowing that many others did not.
"When you're 19 years old you just lap all that up and it's the way you go. You don't think about it," Clark said. "I'm lucky that I made it back in one piece. The least we can do is honor those that didn't make it home."
Clark, along with other members of the American Legion Post 93 in Coalville, will help honor those who lost their lives while serving their country.
Post 93 in Coalville is scheduled to host memorial services on Memorial Day at each of the six North Summit cemeteries in Wanship, Hoytsville, Henefer, Echo, Upton and Coalville beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, May 29.
The services will culminate at the Coalville Cemetery at noon. Henefer resident Doug Toole, who will deliver the day's speech, will be accompanied by the North Summit High School chorus and the White Peaks Centennial Pipe Band. Hot dogs and refreshments will be served after. More than 100 people have attended the ceremony in Coalville in previous years.
"At the smaller ceremonies we mostly just get the local people who come out there to pay their respects to their loved ones," Clark said. "But we usually get about 150 people even when it has rained the past couple of years."
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Gordon Hill, post commander, said more than 50 Summit County residents have given their lives in service for their country. Hill said it is a significant number for a community of this size and worth honoring.
Hill, of Henefer, entered the Air Force on active duty in 1969 and was almost immediately sent to pilot training. He served one tour overseas during the Vietnam War before entering the Utah Air National Guard flying a refueling tanker. Hill was deployed on several more missions during Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He retired in 1997 after 20 years in the Air National Guard and eight years on active duty.
"Certainly Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have given their life while they were serving and that is why it is such an important day that we commemorate," Hill said. "More than 1 million people, if you start back from the Civil War, died in service. They deserved to be honored, especially our local fallen heroes."
Members of the American Legion Post 93 will be at the following cemeteries on Memorial Day:
- 8 a.m.—Wanship
- 8:30 a.m.—Hoystville
- 9:15 a.m.—Henefer
- 9:45 a.m.—Echo
- 10:35 a.m.—Upton
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