As a Boy Scout in 1972, living in El Centro,CA., my troop retraced the small portion of the Mormon Battalion March in our sub-sea-level desert of the Imperial County. The feeling of reverent exhaustion that overcame our troop later focus our respect to dedicate a monument to their memory at the adjacent freeway rest area. Pioneers had sacrificed for the kingdom but, I think this church event tested their very patriotism. I like this quote from the lds.org website: (http://www.lds.org/library/
Reference: 12-Conference Report, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 1919, 33.
Richard & Leslie Pollock