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Last September we went on a short trip to Utah State University’s Botanical Center in Kaysville. The kids had fun running off some energy on their little dirt trails and looking for bugs in the pond water.

Then we headed up to their developed area to view the 9/11 memorial.

The memorial features three Utahns that were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks back in 2001. 

Mary Alice Wahlstrom and her daughter, Carolyn Beug, were aboard American Airlines flight 11 when it slammed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The women were on their way home after helping Beug’s twin daughters out east for college.

Brady Howell was killed in the attack on the Pentagon, where he worked as an intern gathering intelligence for the U.S. Navy.

Additional plaques at the memorial also list Utah natives that have since died defending our freedoms in the war on terror.

My oldest was able to understand the significance of the memorial, my younger ones mostly just enjoyed the large statue of a firefighter that has been erected in the center of the memorial.
Overall it was a great opportunity to teach the kids a little bit about our history and share my memories of that day with them. Hopefully as they grow they will develop a love and appreciation for our great country and the freedoms we enjoy.

On the way back we saw some signage that details all their fishing regulations. Did you know that kids in Utah under the age of 12 can fish for free, no license needed? I’m not a big fisher, but it sounds like a fun new thing for the kids to experience at least once, so I plan on going back with some little poles one day and letting try something new!


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