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Heroes honored by Utah leaders on Memorial Day

Posted at 12:24 PM, May 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-30 19:41:41-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah leaders gathered at the State Capitol Monday to honor those who sacrificed their lives in defense of the country.

Gov. Spencer Cox and Sen. Mitt Romney both spoke at the Memorial Day ceremony that was moved indoors because of the steady rain outside. Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall also attended the solemn event.

During his remarks, Romney mentioned Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover and Staff Sgt. Lincoln Olmstead, two soldiers who died in the line of duty over the past year. Hoover, a U.S. Marine, was one of 13 service members killed during an attack at the Kabul Airport on Aug. 26. Olmstead was a member of the National Guard who died while taking part in a training exercise in Kentucky.

"The glories of living in this great state with the people they loved, they will not enjoy again," said Romney. "Those whose arms once hugged them to their hearts, now wear gold stars."

Watch Sen. Mitt Romney's full Memorial Day remarks below

Sen. Romney speaks at Memorial Day ceremony in Salt Lake City

Cox also mentioned Hoover and Olmstead, a family friend who grew up near the governor's home. He asked that those in attendance not remember his speech, but how they feel honoring the men and women who died keeping the country safe.

"I ask that you carry that respect and gratitude with you throughout this special day, and then carry it with you tomorrow and the next day and the day after that," said Cox.

Cox's remarks:

Governor speaks at Utah State Capitol Memorial Day ceremony

Following the ceremony, members of the Utah National Guard gave a 21-gun salute in honor of the fallen soldiers on the south lawn of the Capitol building.

Watch the Utah National Guard's 21-gun salute below

21-gun salute at Utah State Capitol for Memorial Day