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Utah's fallen heroes honored on Memorial Day at state capitol

Posted at 1:00 PM, May 31, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — Residents and officials honored those from Utah that paid the ultimate sacrifice at a Memorial Day event at the state capitol Monday.

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Flags lined the front of the capitol, along with the names of Utah's military servicemen and servicewomen who died protecting the country. Taps was played and a wreath-laying ceremony was held in their honor.

Because a ceremony was unable to be held last year due to COVID-19, the names of Utah veterans who passed away over the last year were read. Over 650 veterans from Utah have died since March 2020.

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Through the state's history, nearly 3,000 Utahns have died in defense of the U.S. around the world.