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Memorial Day Service

Provo City’s annual Memorial Day Service will be held on Monday, May 28 at 10:00 am at the Provo City Cemetery (610 S. State Street) in honor of all the servicemen and women who have fought and sacrificed for our country throughout our Nation’s history and all those who are fighting today both at home and abroad.

The service will include musical numbers by the Timpview High School Band, the Pledge of Allegiance lead by Miss Provo Laken Hemsley, a 21-gun salute by Metro SWAT and Provo Police Honor Guard, and the “Taps” bugle call by Timpview High School Band.

This year we will have the privilege of hearing from our keynote speaker, Captain Kyle Baum. Kyle Baum was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in History. During his time at BYU, he completed the Army ROTC program as a Distinguished Military Graduate and received the Superior Cadet Decoration as the top ROTC cadet in his graduating class. He served on active duty for seven years as an Infantry Officer.

After graduating from BYU, he attended the Infantry Office Basic Course, Airborne School, Sniper Employment Leader Course, and the US Army Ranger School. At Ranger School, he received the Colonel Tex Turner Officer Leadership award for outstanding performance. After completing his initial training, he spent two years as a Platoon Leader in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Mr. Baum then attended the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was selected to serve in 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. During his time with the 75th Ranger Regiment, he served as a Ranger Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. He completed three combat deployments to Afghanistan with the Rangers as part of a Special Operations Task Force, conducting capture/kill missions in seven different provinces.

He finished the last year of his military career as an instructor at the Army Officer Candidate School. After leaving the Army, he completed an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He interned at Google before accepting a full-time position at Qualtrics after graduation. He currently works as an operations manager at Blue Raven Solar in American Fork and lives in Provo with his family.

The event, which was planned by the Provo City Veterans Council and America’s Freedom Festival, is free of charge and open to the public. Active duty and Veterans are encouraged to wear uniforms. In the case of inclement weather, the service will move to the Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center Street. Hope to see you there!

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