Cedar City, Utah.
When you think of that city the thought of mountains and desert areas come to mind, and with good reason. The city itself is 5,800 feet above sea level with 10,000-foot mountains to the east and a vast desert area to the west. It is a quaint small town with a diverse population of around 29,000.
It is the largest community in Iron County, Utah and is located at the mouth of Coal Creek. It is a city that loves to celebrate history and has many festivals year-round. The most popular is the Utah Shakespearian Festival, which provides an important economic cultural infusion to the area. The professional quality of the plays produced each summer through fall, employing talented professionals from all over the United States, is becoming known around the world. The Festival won the 2000 Tony Award for outstanding regional theatre.
It is also home to the Utah Summer Games involving some 50 different sports. Other festivals include the Groovefest American Music Festival, the Neil Simon Festival, the American Southwest Classic Film Festival, The Great American Stampede, the Cedar City Livestock and Heritage Festival, July Jamboree, the Utah Midsummer Renaissance Faire, and the Paiute Restoration Gathering, among several others. Thus, Cedar City has also become known as Festival City, USA.
But that is not all it is known for. When you think of that city, what I described above comes to mind, but there is something that doesn’t. And that is the sacrifices of the soldiers that served our country from all around Iron County, Utah dating back as far as WWI.
These men have not been forgotten. They have been remembered and honored with the Veteran’s Memorial Park that is in Cedar City. It is a beautiful place honoring those that served and is complete with history of the wars, names, plaques, flags of the time, and statues. I was fortunate to be able to visit when I was on vacation there in October.
The memorial was established in 2006 to honor the county’s veterans.
I must say that they did an excellent job. It is a place to sit and think on all that has been given for our freedom.
When we visited we were the only ones there, so we could read and soak in all that it has to offer. When we were done we got to sit and listen to the wind coming off the mountains and stay in a silent remembrance to those who served.
It not as grand as Arlington Cemetery or some of the other National Monuments, but it doesn’t have to be. It stands as a testament to the brave men from that area who served and makes sure that they are not forgotten. And I am happy to share their memory with you.
God bless all who served.