ST. GEORGE — The Utah House and Senate recently announced an official citation honoring United We Pledge, a nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to promoting freedom, family and faith across the United States.

FILE – Senate President Stuart Adams speaks with reporters on the opening day of the Utah Legislative Session at the Utah State Capitol on Jan. 17, 2023, in Salt Lake City | Photo by Rick Bowmer, The Associated Press, St. George News

“The Utah Legislature supports the commendable initiatives of United We Pledge and Liberty Village,” the official citation reads, “(and) heir dedication to civic education through the Give Me Liberty Program.”

The Give Me Liberty program is designed to enhance history education in Washington County schools for fifth and eight grade students as well as high school seniors and focuses on the nation’s founding documents.

Liberty Village, a 32-acre educational campus in Hurricane designed to recreate iconic American historical buildings, is coming soon.

“The Senate proudly recognizes Dennis Leavitt and his team from Washington County for their remarkable program,” said Utah Senate President Stuart Adams said.

Dennis Leavitt, the president of United We Pledge, expressed his gratitude for the legislators’ recognition of the program.

“We appreciate civic and government leaders, and we recognize their passion for education and wanting to help the future generations in every way,” Leavitt told St. George News.

Adams called Liberty Village a symbolic space, and Lisa Hunt, marketing director at United We Pledge, added: “Our program emphasizes the inclusion of prominent figures from various backgrounds and perspectives.”

The commendation also celebrates the construction of the United We Pledge Civic Education Center, set to begin this year with a groundbreaking ceremony at the 13 Colonies Plaza.

Dennis Leavitt (right) accepts a donation from Valerie King (left) and Susan Dransfield (middle) of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the future home of Liberty Village, Hurricane, Utah, July 2, 2022 | Photo by E. George Goold, St. George News

“Liberty Village will be an educational destination for youth and visitors that hopes to offer an immersive experience in the founding history of the United States. The 32-acre campus in Washington County, Utah, will see a dedication take place this summer for our communities and children,” Adams said. “We eagerly anticipate visiting in the near future.”

Leavitt added that he felt deeply honored to receive the commendation.

“Give Me Liberty is a passion project to empower the next generation with the knowledge and insight required to become informed and engaged citizens,” he said.

First launched in classrooms within Washington County, the Give Me Liberty program has plans to expand into other school districts across Utah.

Leavitt said students’ experiences are enriched by the presence of veterans and elected officials engaging with them, fostering civic involvement.

The same goes for extending their education to their home life.

“As part of our efforts to involve the broader community, we are developing Give Me Liberty online educational lessons, providing accessible resources for all,” he said.

United We Pledge hopes to give students the tools necessary to participate in shaping the future of their communities and nation.

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