Wednesday, July 24, 2013

100 Words: Pioneer Day

Utahns celebrate the 24th of July, as Pioneer Day -- the day, in 1847, that Brigham Young, led the vanguard of the Mormon pioneers, into the Salt Lake Valley and declared: This is the place.

This was the culmination of a movement of American citizens, denied the most basic and fundamental of American rights -- the right to worship as they chose. Hounded and hunted, from state to state, the early mormons left for the Promised Land of western America, seeking a home where they could worship according to their own consciences.

If you cherish your religious liberty, thank a mormon pioneer.

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