With Memorial Day and the Fourth of July right around the corner, we're heading into a period of patriotic and historic remembrance.
As a way to recognize and celebrate the importance and meaning of these days, the Standard-Examiner will run a full-page replica of the U.S. flag in the paper on Thursday, May 24.
The flag is intended to be both a patriotic gesture and a thank you, said Vaughn Jacobsen, business manager of the Standard-Examiner.
"The flag is a way for us to show thanks for the sacrifices of veterans and their families," said Jacobsen. "It's a fitting salute to those who have served, are serving or will serve our country in the future."
There will be no print, logos or anything else on the face of the flag, so it will be suitable for display. Proper flag etiquette should be observed by those who choose to display it.
The first time the Standard ran a full-page flag was shortly after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
July also holds another holiday important to many Utahns, namely the July 24 celebration of Pioneer Day when the first Mormon settlers arrived in the Great Salt Lake valley.
In recognition of that historic event, we will run a full-page version of the Utah State flag. That will appear in the paper on Thursday, July 19, and, like the U.S. flag, will be suitable for display.
FLYIN' HIGH: The Warriors Over the Wasatch air show lifts off from Hill Air Force Base on May 26 and 27.
A program for the air show and open house at HAFB will be part of Sunday's Standard-Examiner. The stand-alone booklet contains need-to-know information for those planning to attend, including schedules, information on air show performers, including the Air Force Thunderbirds, a map of the air show layout and a list of items that are prohibited from being brought on base.
Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. both days.
GRADUATION TIME: The annual section recognizing this year's high school graduates across the Top of Utah runs in Monday's paper.
The section includes stories reflecting the theme "Looking Ahead," information on time and place of each school's graduation ceremony and the names of each school's class of 2012.
In addition, there are photos and lists of the top 2 percent by academic standing of each school's 2012 graduates. As always, it was up to schools to break any ties caused by identical GPAs among their students.
Dave Greiling is managing editor of the Standard-Examiner. He may be reached at 801-625-4224 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org