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Family Week is a week full of activities designed to bring families closer together. During Family Week several families are honored for their hard work and commitment to their families. Read our Family Week Magazine to learn about the Outstanding Families and Businesses featured this year.
Fifteen years ago I sat in a city council meeting and listened as the mayor read his “Family Week Proclamation.” I was surprised, but mostly impressed. To hear a mayor proclaim the celebration of the family in a city meeting typically filled with budgetary debate, code discussion and legislative jargon seemed unordinary. I quickly realized that this discussion was about our heritage, our strength and our culture.
In the mid 1800’s, pioneer families were forming settlements in our area. Life was difficult because everything needed to be established. These were family groups that depended on each other for their survival and progress. Through their combined effort they found success and in 1852, the area formally known as Sulphur Springs, Dry Creek, and Evansville was incorporated as Lehi City. Family heritage remains strong and it is always easy to find someone willing to tell you about their ties to those early pioneers. One thing will always remain clear, we would not have become the community we are today without families who understood the strength and importance of that relationship.
It is my hope that everyone will find an interest in our “Lehi Family Week.” Let’s celebrate together this important event. It does not matter if you have ties to the original founders, have just found your way here as a new resident or if you are a family of one, there is something here for you. We welcome you and are excited to have your participation. You are now our current “Pioneers.” Please help in shaping what our future will be!
As I sat in that council meeting in 2003, I never would have anticipated that I would have the opportunity to read and sign a new proclamation regarding our Family Week of 2018. It was an honor and I hope you look forward to this event as a great opportunity as well.
Mark Johnson, Lehi City Mayor