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Trump Issues Statement Recognizing Pioneer Day

Utah celebrates Pioneer Day on July 24th.
Utah celebrates Pioneer Day on July 24th.

President Donald Trump is recognizing Mormon pioneers who journeyed across the west to build a new home in Utah.

Trump said in a statement issued Tuesday by the White House that the families who fled persecution in Illinois "worked tirelessly to transform the arid desert landscape into a blossoming new home."

The president says the settlers' legacy lives on through hundreds of cities and towns in the American West and their accomplishments are a reminder of the importance of religious freedom and the strength of Americans.

Trump says he and the first lady send their best wishes to those celebrating Pioneer Day.