To the editor:

We, the James Stephenson family, would like to publicly thank our Bountiful community, as well as our whole state of Utah for the overwhelming support and love given to us in the recent loss of our son Dion (killed in the Persian Gulf war).Your cards, letters, flowers, meals and generous contributions to both the flagpole and Dion's scholarship fund are greatly appreciated. It is such a kind expression of community support to our family and has touched our hearts and will not be forgotten.

Our thoughts have often reflected on the many children and concerned citizens who lined the streets as the cortege drove to the cemetery, as well as signs of support throughout the city, giving us a sense of the patriotism of our state of Utah. We are truly fortunate to live in a community such as we do.

We want to thank those companies and individuals who donated their time and service as well as our wonderful government officials who were there to give us any aid possible. We could not think of a more fitting tribute to our son than your noble show of community spirit and patriotism. Thank you all.

A special thanks to the Winegar and Rodee families for being there when we needed them.

The James Stephenson Family