Utah Valley Convention Center
RETIRED LT COL H GRANT KEELER: Grant grew up in Utah County, but his passion for flying soon landed him in the pilot seat of a B-17 bomber during World War II. He was shot down over Germany and spent time in a POW camp. Returning to active duty, he participated in the Berlin Airlift and continued a life of service to his country through the Vietnam war, retiring in 1971. He will reach 100 years of age nine days before this year’s Freedom Awards Gala, at which he will proudly wear his dress uniform.
DONGHYUN KIM AND JIYEON SONG: This couple was born in North Korea, fell in love, and married. With a strong desire to try and find a better life, they embarked on a dangerous journey which would test every ounce of their courage. Their unwavering love and trust in each other kept them going. While they desired freedom, they had also felt a strong pull to an unknown God whom they felt would be the key to a full and happy life. Citing many miracles along the way, they believe they have now found both.
BUN YOM: As a young Cambodian teenager, Bun was torn from his home and family by the Khmer Rouge in April 1975. It was the beginning of a devastating genocide which would eventually decrease the Cambodian population by twenty-five percent. Along with thousands of other young men, Bun spent the next few years as a slave laborer in the infamous killing fields of Cambodia. When he was rescued by the Cambodian Freedom Fighters, he decided to join them and was involved in the rescue of thousands of his countrymen.
JOSHUA AND THAMARA HOLT: Joshua had returned home to Riverton, Utah, from a Spanish-speaking LDS mission and was looking for a way to keep up his foreign language skills. He met Thamara, who lived in Venezuela, online and a relationship soon developed. In June 2016 he traveled to Venezuela and they were married. Just a few weeks later, they found themselves thrown in prison on weapons charges and suspected conspiracy against the Venezuelan government. It took almost two years of their working with diplomats, congressional representatives, the White House, and others; but on May 26th, Joshua’s family was finally able to welcome them home.
FREEDOM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA 2018
Fresh Watermelon and Blueberry Caesar Salad
Served with a Blood Orange Vinaigrette
Assorted Dinner Rolls* served with Butter
Jumbo Pesto Shrimp Prawns & Kalbi Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Sautéed Haricot Verts Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
Savory Sweet Mashed Potato
Orange Citrus Cream Cake*
Limeade and Ice Water
(*Note: Meal options above are gluten free with the exception of the dinner rolls and the cake.)
VEGETARIAN/GLUTEN FREE MEAL OPTION
Seasoned Roasted Acorn Squash Wedge Stuffed with Wild Rice and Vegetables Served with Zesty Tomato Sauce
Pineapple Boat with Pineapple, Raspberries, Blueberries, and Strawberries Topped with Whipped Cream**
(**Note: Vegetarian/gluten free meal options
are also dairy free with the exception of the whipped cream.)
Please be aware that special dietary requests are required at the time of ticket purchase.