"Religious sentiment progressed as the war continued and many colonists claimed that they could see the hand of God guiding the direction of the war. In one case, American sailors desperately needed a specific lantern that was unavailable in the colonies. Miraculously, they were able to capture a cruiser that happened to have the exact kind of lantern they needed. The Constitutional Gazette said of the event, 'The Lord hath done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.' In another instance, the Continental Army was trying to build defenses on Dorchester Heights in Boston. The soldiers believed that God provided the necessary moonlight above them so that the soldiers could work quickly and the necessary haze below them so that they could take the high ground of Boston without being seen by the British. Even General Howe, the British commander, said, 'These fellows have done more work in one night than I could make my army do in three months.' The event frustrated the enemy and was seen as a true miracle by the colonists and clergyman alike. As William Billings wrote in one of his popular war songs, many colonists were convinced that 'God inspir'd them for the fight' and would not let them fail."
|We played Yahtzee out on our blanket on the night of July 3rd before we headed inside to sleep.|
|We could see hot-air balloons before the parade started.|
|The float for Miss Provo.|
|Patriotic Olympic float.|
|The float for the city of Lehi.|
|The missionaries of the Utah Provo Mission joined the parade. They got a standing ovation (and a ton of candy thrown at them).|
|The color guard of one of the local high schools.|