ST. GEORGE -- Descendants of massacre victims at a southern Utah site say the elevation of the Mountain Meadows area to national landmark status is more than just a cause for celebration -- it's a moment of healing.
The 760-acre site marks the spot where 120 members of an Arkansas wagon train were shot and killed on Sept. 11, 1857 by a Mormon militia.
It was elevated to a National Historic Landmark on Thursday by the U.S. Interior Department.
Descendants of the Baker-Fancher wagon train have fought for years to memorialize their ancestors and to wrestle an apology from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Those words have not come.
But descendants say the church's efforts to lead the push for landmark status helps heal decades of hurt.