The stars and stripes decked the banisters, men in period piece uniforms conducted a flag ceremony, and a full choir were all part of the 2008 Mormon Battalion Heritage Day Program. The program was held Saturday in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, which was filled nearly to capacity.

Ellis Ivory, Chairman of the Board of This is the Place Heritage Park, and Elder Robert S. Wood of the Second Quorum of the Seventy addressed those in attendance. The 500 men and women who made up the Mormon Battalion were lauded for their sacrifice in laying a foundation for the country and the Church.

"The saga of the Mormon Battalion is one of the most remarkable in human history," Wood said. "It changed the destiny of the Church, of the Western United States, and of the United States as a whole."

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