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Hildale Flood Memorial

Hildale Flood Memorial
September 28
10:17 2015

Utah Governor Gary Herbert made his second trip to Hildale in as many weeks, this time to speak at a public memorial for the 13 victims of a flash flood that roared through the community on September 14.

Herbert told the crowd of nearly 1,000 mourners, “I come today representing three million Utahns.  We the people of Utah mourn with you.”

Utah National Guard members who have been participating in the search for the as-yet-unrecovered body of a six-year-old boy were the color guard for the service.

The day’s most poignant words were delivered by 10-year-old survivor Joseph Jessop, Jr.:  “My heart was pounding a thousand beats per minute.  But I know that Heavenly Father wanted this to happen, and I’m grateful for this experience.”

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