The man is a hero, and he deserves recognition and honor. What a great
contribution he has made to Utah.
This is the first I've known of Rev. Davis. He is an honorable man, and we're
honored to have him in Utah and are happy he has remained here all these years.
I also have never heard of his man but I have no doubt our state has been
greatly blessed for having him here. Enjoy your recognition it sounds like it
is greatly deserved!
Pioneer Day is "a time to celebrate those who came to this place crusading
for equality and basic human rights"? Lee, I think you're confusing Pioneer
Day with Utah Pride Day.Because of fear of offending non-Mormons, PC
efforts have been made for several years to change the focus of Pioneer Day from
the Mormon pioneers to anyone else. Now, anyone and everyone can be a pioneer,
including the founders of Utah Pride. If we had been the people
starting the St. Patrick's parade, the same PC crowd (including Lee) would have
changed the focus to celebrating the color green, or even Spring. We celebrate
St. Patrick and aren't Catholic. Our family also celebrates Cinco de Mayo and
Passover and we're not Mexican or Jewish. I guess we're big enough that we're
not offended by, but rather enjoy holidays started by or focused on other
religions.I suggest keeping this day as it was originally
begun--celebrating the efforts of the Mormon Pioneers.
Many people have done amazing wonderful things and are pioneers in their own
right. This good man deserves recognition for his efforts. I do agree with
MapleDon, the 24th of July is about Mormon Pioneers. We must rememeber them and
their efforts. We have Martin Luther King Day where we celebrate the wonderful
lives of the African Americans and their great efforts on our behalf. Can't our
Mormon Ancestors have their Day?
The Ancestors of Mormon Pioneers have most everything their way every day in the
state of Utah. They cannot seem to get enough, if you haven't already noticed
@ MapleDon, if July 24th is a state holiday, you really can't restrict it to
Mormons. Besides, lots of non-LDS folks were key in Utah's development. Is
July 324th a state holiday, or a religious holiday? If religious, then a few
things need to change. While I'm LDS, I strongly oppose a government based on
no fit in SG, I have lived in other states. Kansas has cowboys and beef cattle
everywhere, I guess you could say the same for them. Missouri has tractor pulls
and George Washington Carver Day. Arizonia has Grand Canyon depictions all over
the place, as well as Tombstone. Every state in the Nation has it's own form of
Founders Day. Why is it so awefull for Utah to have Mormon Poineer Day? Esquire,
this state was founded by Mormon Pioneers, seeking Religous Freedom. There are
many of the states of this nation founded for the same reason, as a matter of
fact this nation was founded for that reason. You can not remove the Mormon
Pioneers from the history of this state, any more then you can remove the
Puritains from the history of Massachusetts, or the Oneida from the history of
God bless Rev. Davis. To those who say it should be an LDS day, would say, get
a life.Part of my family arrived in the valley in 1847 and another
part came with the Martin Handcart company. That pretty well qualifies me and I
would be proud to walk with Rev. Davis at any time in any Pioneer Day Parade.Heck, even with my fake knee, I would do it.
As a Black Christian, I have no problems with a day for Mormon Pioneers.Even
though I believe that the meaning of Pioneers days has been changed, it was good
to read the story of Minister Davis.