SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Utah’s senior senator stirred up the crowd of about 350 people at a Memorial Day observance at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Sandy.
“This country has a divine destiny,” Hatch told the patriotic audience. “To set an example for the rest of the world. To provide people of spirit. People of patriotism. People of character as examples to the rest of the world.”
Stirring renditions of the various military branch songs brought some of the veterans in the crowd to their feet.
Hatch, who has served in the Senate for 41 years, admitted to the crowd that President Trump is not without flaws, but said we need to support him and we especially need to support the military.
“We need to stand up for freedom more today than in the past.” He followed that with a stern warning. “If we don’t, we will lose our freedom.”
The Senator spent a few minutes thanking his wife Elaine for standing by him and putting up with him for all these years. They celebrate their 60th anniversary this August.
Hatch appeared to be a rock star to the adoring crowd. They lined up just to shake his hand as the ceremony ended.
He issued a challenge to the crowd. “We should all dedicate ourselves, re-dedicate ourselves to continue to make this country the greatest country in the world.”