Hearing the Call to Help During Utah Pioneer Days
Published on July 30, 2013 by Peter Tomala
The month of July marks a special time for the State of Utah. Where the bursts of fireworks can be heard from July 4th to the 24th, this is what we ‘Utahns’ call Pioneer Days. This event, making July so special, means not only do we get to celebrate our great nation’s birthday but we also get to celebrate our own heritage and the settlement of our state. This year, Broadview University-West Jordan took part in the inaugural ‘Utah Pioneer Days’ in West Jordan. The three day event included: a Pioneer Jubilee, fireworks, youth pageant, greased pig chases, cook-offs and live music. Lines of attendees filled Veterans Memorial Park to take part in a celebration that crosses over cultural lines.
On July 24th 1847, Brigham Young and the first company of pioneers made the decision to stay in the Salt Lake valley, declaring: “This is the place”. Since then, this specific date has been celebrated annually in remembrance of all the remarkable pioneers that made the courageous decision to trek across the country and emigrate to the West. “We believe the example of the past and present pioneers’ courage is a beacon to the world,” according to the Days of ’47 Inc., an organization representing Utah’s days of origination.
“While the Mormon pioneers are a huge part of Utah’s history, this production is non-denominational and covers all pioneers who made their trek to the Utah valley and sacrificed so much for the conveniences we enjoy today,” said event organizer, Merrill Osmond.
Aside from being a part of the fun, Broadview University’s massage therapy program was on the site of this event providing client education on how massage therapy can benefit one’s life.
Proceeds from the charity-based event go to the ‘Olive Osmond Fund’ which works to give deaf children the gift of hearing. The fund is organized by the famous music family- The Osmonds. All generations of the family, each effected in some way by hearing genetic hearing disabilities, have come together to help kids in need.
“Many children aren’t as lucky as I was to have received the proper assistance that allowed me to hear the world around me,” said Justin Osmond, born with a severe hearing disability. “I have made it my goal in life to carry out my grandmother’s mission to help give the gift of hearing.”