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PRES. HINCKLEY WILL KEYNOTE HIKE TO PEAK

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President Gordon B. Hinckley, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will keynote the 1993 family hike to Ensign Peak Monday, July 26.

It was 146 years ago, on that date, that Brigham Young and a small group of pioneer leaders hiked to the peak and appraised the valley.A citizens campaign, working with the Salt Lake City Parks Department, is under way to beautify and preserve the peak and surrounding area as a nature park. The Ensign Peak Foundation is raising money to complete the project in recognition of the 1996 Utah Centennial Celebration.

The hike program will begin at 6 p.m. President Hinckley will address the hikers and others assembled at the base of Ensign Peak, in the Ensign Downs city park, 121 N. Sandrun Road. President Mark A. Benson of the Salt Lake Ensign Stake will be master of ceremonies. Music will be by the Terry String Quintet. Refreshments will be available.

Nancy Pace, Salt Lake City councilwoman, will serve as hike marshal, leading hikers along a designated trail. Elder Loren C. Dunn of the First Quorum of the Seventy will join the hikers. The U.S. flag will be displayed, and the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited.

The hike takes about 20 minutes. Hikers may register and purchase commemorative T-shirts at the park.