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Taylorsville City Honors Veterans with Parade, Patriotic Music and Presentations

Bob Nelson

A parade honoring Veterans rolled down 2700 West from the city park to the city offices in Taylorsville Monday complete with dignitaries, rumbling motorcycles and music. Utah Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson spoke after the parade on the plaza of the city hall.  He told those attending the celebration that our country must live up to the commitment to provide good healthcare to the soldiers when they return home.

“When our troops come home wounded, the process of healing is not undertaken alone. We must also support the families who care for our veterans. Our resolve to support these families bears witness to the character of our nation,” says Congressman Matheson.

Matheson said Veterans Day is a time to pay respect to the heroes who have sacrificed their tomorrows so ordinary American may enjoy our freedoms today.

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As Congressman Jim Matheson and other dignitaries applaud, four war heroes are presented with special flags in honor of their service. State Senator Karen Mayne, Utah House Rep. James Dunnigan and the current and mayor-elect of Taylorsville were among those on hand for the celebration.

“These Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines are our family, our neighbors, our classmates, our friends and our colleagues. And when our country needed them, they answered the call,” Matheson said.

As many attendees basked in the sunshine and temperatures in the 60’s, they also remembered the blizzard during the Veterans Day celebration last year that forced the cancelation of some of the events due to bad roads and poor visibility.

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER. Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.
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