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As I visit the grounds of the Provo Cemetery I can't help but think it was just a year ago we shared in the sight and sounds of patriotism during our annual Memorial Day Tribute. The stars and stripes waving majestically in the wind. The crisp uniforms of those who have known the battlefield honoring those who've never left it. The staccato of the gun salute piercing the solum silence. Choir singing the patriotic classics that we all know and love. And pride in the voice of those sharing their experiences. The required cancelation of public celebrations will change the way we celebrate but it certainly doesn't take away the reason we celebrate.


In many ways the challenges we face together as a community, a state, and a nation have served to remind us of those things that are most important but often take for granted: family, friends, and freedom. Pause with me on this day of remembrance to virtually salute the sacrifice of those who have valiantly served this great country. Thank you for the inspiration of your courage.


"This year requires a little more of us. So many of our Veterans may not be able to get out and see friends and family like they normally do. During this time of isolation and uncertainty it is more important than ever that we take the extra effort to reach out to those who have served. Sometimes just sitting down with Veterans and their family members to talk can go a long way. However you choose to do it, keep connecting and encouraging all of us to find ways to involve ourselves in caring for those who bear the physical, emotional, and physiological scars of war. I thank you of thinking of Veterans today and for helping to honor the fallen. I challenge all of us to keep our fighting men and women in the forefront of our minds, today and every day." - Senator Mike Lee


We will be virtually honoring our valiant servicemen and women for their sacrifice with a re-airing of last year’s touching program featuring keynote speaker, Doug Witney, Vietnam Veteran, US Army. The service includes youth speaker, Rebecca Reynosa, Freedom Festival Essay Medalist; and remarks by Captain Andrew Howard, US Navy (ret)., musical numbers by Treeside Elementary Choir, the Pledge of Allegiance lead by Miss Provo Maren Paris Cline, a 21-gun salute by Metro Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, and the “Taps” bugle call by Jaden Anderson, American Legion Eagle Scout Scholarship Recipient.



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Have you noticed how clean the air has been during the COVID-19 pandemic? Vehicle miles traveled dropped as much as 60% in Utah County and our air has been much cleaner because of it. As our economy opens up and we start traveling more, we should all make steps to pollute less. Here’s an easy one: purchase Tier 3 gasoline for your car.


The Environmental Protection Agency, the State of Utah, and Utah’s oil refineries have come together to produce a new cleaner-burning gasoline. Used with fully-compliant Tier 3 vehicles, this cleaner gas reduces up to 80% of key auto emissions that contribute to ozone and particulate pollution. When used with older vehicles, key emissions reduction is typically 13%. Although this may not sound like much, it is comparable to not driving for one day out of every week!


See tier3gas.org/locations for information on where to purchase this new, cleaner gasoline. While plenty of gas stations are selling the gas, it won't be obvious at the pump. There aren't any stickers on signs telling you that the gas is Tier 3. The best way to be sure is to check the website.


After a quick search on the website, here are the gas stations that I found listed in Provo selling Tier 3 gasoline:

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Our Memorial Day Service is a long-standing and much-loved tradition. While COVID-19 prevents a physical celebration this year, we will be virtually honoring our valiant servicemen and women for their sacrifice with messages from Mayor Michelle Kaufusi, Senator Mike Lee and a re-airing of last year’s touching program featuring keynote speaker, Doug Witney, Vietnam Veteran, US Army.

In the midst of today’s challenges, we invite you to join us for a time of peace and gratitude during our online Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 25 at 10:00 am. Please tune in on Provo City's Facebook Page at that time.


The service includes youth speaker, Rebecca Reynosa, Freedom Festival Essay Medalist; and remarks by Captain Andrew Howard, US Navy (ret)., musical numbers by Treeside Elementary Choir, the Pledge of Allegiance lead by Miss Provo Maren Paris Cline, a 21-gun salute by Metro Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, and the “Taps” bugle call by Jaden Anderson, American Legion Eagle Scout Scholarship Recipient.

The Provo City Cemetery is currently following Provo City Proceed with Caution & Governor Herbert’s Utah Leads Together 2.0 social distancing guidelines. The cemetery will have signs posted at each entrance with the Provo City Proceed with Caution Recovery Plan. The Cemetery office will be open Saturday, May 23 and Monday, May 25 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.


We hope you'll stay safe this Memorial Day weekend. The Governor has cautioned continued vigilance with safety measures such as hand washing, hand sanitization, social distancing, and wearing masks when social distancing is not possible. We must also continue to protect our most vulnerable populations.

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