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Keith Johnson, Deseret News
Seven individuals receive the Bronze Minuteman Award during the Utah National Guard Forty-Ninth Annual Minuteman Award Dinner at Little America Wednesday in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and five others were presented with the Bronze Minuteman award Wednesday night by the Utah National Guard.

"It's the highest award we give to civilians," said Maj. Gen. Brian L. Tarbet. "We just recognize people who have been great role models to us."

In addition to President Uchtdorf and Herbert, those honored were Fred C. Adams, founder of the Utah Shakespearean Festival; Richard A. Parkinson, president and chief executive officer of Associated Food Stores Inc.; Chief Master Sgt. Robert A. Hill of the Utah National Guard; and honorary Col. Gerald R. "Skip" Daynes, owner of Daynes Music Co.

In honor of late U.S. Army Maj. George Wahlen, his widow, Melba H. Wahlen, also was awarded the Bronze Minuteman.

"I feel really honored," Melba Wahlen said, "because I know my husband's here with me tonight. I really feel humble about it."

"It's a great privilege and honor to be recognized by the Guard whom I all love and appreciate for who they are and what they stand for," President Uchtdorf said. "They're such representation of good things — liberty, freedom — but also the goodness of individuals."

The governor was not aware of his award until he arrived at Little America for the award ceremony.

"It's just a humbling change in my life to be recognized by these folks who I have such admiration for, probably one of the highlights as my service here as governor," Herbert said.