Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 22, 2014
Memorial Day activities set for weekend

Tooele County will offer a variety of Memorial Day activities for locals without weekend travel plans.

After the success of last year’s inaugural Memorial Day 5K, the Friends of the Clark Historic Farm in Grantsville has expanded the tradition with a host of auxiliary events this year.

In addition to the 5K, which will wind past 40 historic sites and end at the Clark Historic Farm, the Friends of the Clark Farm will host a Memorial Day flapjacks breakfast and a tour of historic Grantsville homes.

The breakfast will cost $4 a plate and will run from 8:30–11:30 a.m., during which time the J. Reuben Clark Freedom Walk — a sidewalk display of quotes about freedom, the constitution and tributes to veterans — will also be open to viewing, said Laurie Hurst, president of the Friends of the Clark Historic Farm.

The 5K, which will run simultaneously with the breakfast, continues to accept registration at $20 per runner. Entrants will receive a brochure detailing the historic sites they will pass during the race. Runners who pre-register at should meet at the fire station at 9 a.m.; runners who plan to register at the race should meet at 8:45 a.m.

The first-ever tour of Grantsville’s historic homes and businesses will follow the breakfast and 5K, beginning and noon and continuing through 4 p.m. Attendees will tour 12 historic Grantsville buildings and learn about past and ongoing restoration efforts.

“We’re excited to showcase a lot of beautiful, turn-of-the-century homes in our area,” Hurst said. “It’s quite remarkable architecture.”

Tour tickets cost $5 per person and can be bought at Digidocs, or during the flapjacks breakfast.

The breakfast will follow Grantsville City’s annual flag raising ceremony, which will begin at 8 a.m. at the Grantsville City Cemetery. The ceremony will include a full program including a 21-gun salute and a memorial service for Grantsville veterans. Tom Hammond, a local veteran, will address the audience, and Kristy Clark, who oversees the Grantsville Cemetery, said there may be a second speaker as well.

Tooele City will hold its annual Memorial Day Service at Veterans Square at 11 a.m. Col. Roger McCreery, commander of the Tooele Army Depot, will be the featured speaker.

Both Tooele City and Grantsville City events are free and open to the public. 

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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