SALT LAKE CITY—While most people were boating or having a picnic on Labor Day, a little band of women, children and men, led by a woman dressed as Joan of Arc, marched from Washington Square up State Street to the Capitol to show their support for marriage and families.
Dressed in armor and holding a shield and flag, Bountiful resident Tenna Hartman portrayed the French heroine who stood for truth against all odds.
“I might be burning from the heat,” said Hartman as she gave her rally speech on the Capitol steps. “But I’m not yet burning at the stake. Bad things happen but I know angels are with me.”
Hartman spoke of Joan’s mission. “She had to convince all of the king’s scholars and the leaders of his army to believe in her even though she was a young girl,” she said. “This little band of Joan of Arc’s army is here today to support this (cause). If we have to do something hard, God will send angels to help us. Act and God will act.”
Although the group was small in numbers, they listened intently to Hartman in spite of the heat. “I know it’s hard to be here,” she said. “It’s a holiday but you’ve acted and by acting you’ve called down the power to help you.”
Jen Brown, president of the Bountiful United Women’s Forum marched with two of her sons, 11-year-old Ryan and 10-year-old Will. “I came because of the importance that should be placed on motherhood,” said Brown. “I’m a dentist but I’m also a mother of five kids. I know the fulfillment I get raising my children is more than I get from my profession. I want to let people know that whether they work or not, motherhood is the most fulfilling and important job.”
Brown said the older she gets the more she realizes how much childhood affects what kind of adults kids become. “I want to promote the family structure,” she said. “It’s the best place for children to be raised. My sons had a good time marching, they’re good sports. We’re raising future leaders.”
Joan of Arc was so strong, said Hartman. “She did hard things and she never gave up. It makes me know that we can do hard things,” she said. “Standing up for families is nothing compared to what she did. Life is hard and that last push is the hardest.”