Utah mayor slain in Afghanistan urged Americans to vote

The Fallen Soldier Tribute is shown at the Utah Army National Guard Recruiting building Sunday Nov. 4 2018 in Draper Utah. Military officials say a major in Utah's Army National Guard who was also the mayor of a city north of Salt Lake City was

Not planning to vote Tuesday? This slain soldier's words should change your mind

"Brent typified the citizen soldier who served so diligently in his community as well as felt this call to wear a uniform and serve where ever the nation needed him to go", said leader of the Utah National Guard Maj.

Taylor's remains will return to the United States early Tuesday morning at Dover Air Force in Delaware. "It's bitter", Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, said on Sunday.

Brent Taylor, 39, had taken a yearlong leave of absence as mayor of North Ogden north of Salt Lake City for his deployment to Afghanistan.

Taylor was deployed last January. "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.

An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Maj.

His remains arrived at Dover Air Base in DE on Tuesday morning as millions of Americans people prepared to go the polls.

"I am heartbroken at the loss of Major Brent Taylor". So I echo the words someone recently shared with me: "Brent may have died on Afghan soil, but he died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries".

It seems only fitting that Brent, who in death now represents something 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.

"It is timeless and cherished honor to serve in our country's armed services".

Taylor had served with the Utah National Guard since 2013. "And it has been mine just as long as I have proudly stood by his side".

He's survived by his wife Jennie and seven children.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said in a statement he was "heartbroken at the news" and felt "completely humbled by the service and the ultimate sacrifice offered by this courageous and selfless soldier".

In a statement afterwards, she said it was "only fitting" that he returned home on Election Day after giving his life for the freedom of Americans.

You shouldn't need an incentive to vote Tuesday.

"As the U.S. gets ready to vote in our own election next week, I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote", he added.

Whether Republicans or Democrats prevail in the mid-terms, he wrote on Facebook, he urged everyone to "remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us". "God Bless America", he wrote.

On Oct. 18, a member of the Afghan forces targeted prominent U.S. and Afghan generals in Kandahar, killing the province's well-known police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, and wounding U.S. Brig. 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.

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