The Patriotic Service is a traditional, inspiring part of the Freedom Festival celebration. Again we anticipate a service that will be stirring and certainly patriotic!
This year’s event will be held on Sunday, June 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Marriott Center of the Brigham Young University campus.
We are pleased this year to welcome as our keynote speaker U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah. Elected in 2010 as Utah’s 16th Senator, Mike Lee has spent his career defending the basic liberties of Americans and Utahns as an advocate for our founding constitutional principles. Lee has been a constitutional lawyer in Utah and Washington, D.C, in addition to serving as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Lee practiced law at the Salt Lake office of Howrey LLP where he focused on courtroom advocacy and constitutional law. Lee served as general counsel to Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. from January 2005 until June 2006, when he returned to Washington to serve a one-year clerkship with Justice Alito of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lee also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City where he prepared briefs and argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He joined the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley Austin, where he specialized in appellate and Supreme Court litigation.
Lee graduated from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1997. He served as the President of BYUSA, a prominent student service organization, and as Student Body President during the 1993–1994 school year. Lee attended Brigham Young University as an undergraduate student, receiving a B.S. in Political Science in 1994. He graduated from Timpview High School (Provo, Utah) in 1989.
Lee’s father, Rex E. Lee, was the founding dean of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, and Solicitor General of the United States during the Reagan administration.
Also part of this year’s Patriotic Service this will be a repeat performance of the 23rd Army Band of the Utah National Guard. As one of the most celebrated state musical institutions, this accomplished band is always a crowd favorite, and they will share their inspiring, patriotic music throughout the evening.
We will also be pleased to hear the award-winning speech from the 2013 Patriotic Speech Contest winner, Emily Hedelius, of Salem Hills High School.
You will not want to miss this year’s Freedom Festival Patriotic Service!
Chairperson(s): Gary Garrett - firstname.lastname@example.org