Hats off to our vet­er­ans for their ser­vice to our coun­try

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Mayor Steve Leif­son, Span­ish Fork City

As I think about the up­com­ing Vet­er­ans Day, I want to give my whole-hearted “thank you” to all the vet­er­ans for what they have done and for what they are do­ing to­day. They pro­vide a great ser­vice for our com­mu­nity and our na­tion. I re­mem­ber when I was a young boy grow­ing up here in Span­ish Fork and go­ing to our Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Building. This building was built by the Amer­i­can Le­gion, VFW, Span­ish Fork City, and many of the citizens of our com­mu­nity. They spent a lot of their time and money to con­struct that building and my grand­fa­ther, J. Vic­tor Leif­son, was in charge of over­see­ing the con­struc­tion of this building.

The Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Building has been used for many ac­tiv­i­ties in ad­di­tion to vet­er­ans meet­ings over the years. I re­mem­ber go­ing to an art show there when I was in grade school. There was a paint­ing of the ocean with waves crash­ing over the rocks and the waves seemed so real to me that I could al­most feel the mist of the wa­ter. This was a meet­ing place for the com­mu­nity where many dances and fam­ily par­ties took place. For a pe­riod of time, the city used the front part of the building as the city of­fices and now to­day the Daugh­ters of Utah Pioneers re­side there. The Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Building has been a big part of our city for a long time.

Next door to the Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Building, where the fire sta­tion is now, was the Na­tional Guard Ar­mory building. The Na­tional Guard would hold their train­ing there once a month and it was al­ways fun to see the Army jeeps and tanks in the back of the building. I used to play bas­ket­ball in the gym ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing, and on Fri­day night would be the “Sock Hop” where live bands would play and the high school youth would come to dance.

I feel very grate­ful for all the vet­er­ans and the build­ings we have to honor them. They are a big part of our com­mu­nity and it is nice to be able to work hand in hand with them in or­der to help make our city a bet­ter place to be. It is a com­fort to know that if there is ever an emer­gency in our city, we can de­pend on them for help in any way.

This Vet­er­ans Day, let’s take time to re­mem­ber our vet­er­ans and show our grat­i­tude for them. It is be­cause of them that it is pos­si­ble for us to be free, to live our lives and en­joy this, “the great­est na­tion in the world.”

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