Today is Pioneer Day in the great state of Utah. True story - I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, but I spent my summers in Utah, and was always here for July 24th. It wasn't until I moved to Virginia when I was 25 that I realized Pioneer Day was not, in fact, a National Holiday. I just figured the whole country celebrated any pioneers, ever, on July 24th.
I am a descendent of many pioneers who came to Salt Lake City. Sylvester Henry Earl, Jefferson Hunt, Edward Bunker, Addison Pratt, and Louisa Barnes Pratt, just to name a few. These were amazing people, with amazing strength, and I like to think that I got a little bit of that.