Almost $300k raised for USA mayor killed in Afghanistan
Almost $300k raised for USA mayor killed in Afghanistan
Not planning to vote Tuesday? This slain soldier's words should change your mind
09 November, 2018, 14:50
"It seems only fitting that Brent, who in death now represents so much greater than any of our own individual lives, has come home to US soil in a flag-draped casket on our Election Day", Jennie Taylor told reporters after Brent Taylor's flag-draped coffin arrived at Dover Air force Base in Delaware.
The Utah mayorposted often on Facebook about the Afghan soldiers whom he interacted with, saying he was inspired by their dedication.
This undated photo provided by the Utah National Guard shows Maj.
Major Adbul Rahman Rahmani, Special Mission Wing Pilot, from Afghanistan, tweeted a letter to Taylor's widow, praising his late friend as a man who loved his family and his country, and who improved the lives of those he met. "Your husband taught me to love my wife Hamida as an equal and treat my children as treasured gifts, to be a better father, to be a better husband, and to be a better man", part of the letter read.
A dignified transfer of Taylor's remains is expected to take place early Tuesday morning at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Department of Defense spokesperson Col. Rob Manning told reporters on Monday.
'I do believe that Major Taylor felt he was among friends, with people he was working with, ' Maj.
'Brent may have died on Afghan soil, but he died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries. "This is a sad day for Utah, for America". "And it has been mine just as long as I have proudly stood by his side".
Taylor leaves behind a wife and seven children. I served alongside your husband, MAJ Brent Taylor. "But the value of freedom is immeasurable to all who know and love America and all that she represents".
Days before he died, Taylor posted a message on Facebook describing recent elections in Afghanistan "beautiful to see" and called on Americans to vote in Tuesday's midterms. And that whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more that unites us than divides us.
Taylor, 39, was killed at a base in Kabul when an Afghan security forces member allegedly opened fire on foreign servicemen training Afghan soldiers, according to the Washington Post. According to the Department of Defense, Taylor, 39, of Ogden, Utah, died November 3, 2018, in Kabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from small arms fire. Taylor was the fifth service member to be killed in such an assault, which is known as an "insider attack", over the last fourth months. He temporarily stepped down as mayor to deploy to Afghanistan with the Utah Army National Guard, according to his biography on North Ogden's website.
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