The mayor of North Ogden, Utah, was killed while serving in Afghanistan, and now, his final message is going viral about the “precious right” to vote.
Brent Taylor was serving as a National Guardsman in Afghanistan finishing up his latest tour when he was killed by an “insider” attack, CNN reported.
In his final Facebook message, Taylor’s post is an encouragement to those who are voting in the 2018 midterm elections.
As the USA gets ready to vote in our own election next week, I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote. And that whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us. ‘United we stand, divided we fall.’ God Bless America.
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On Saturday in Kabul, a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces opened fire, killing Taylor. Other Afghan forces immediately killed the attacker, CNN reported.
Taylor served for 12 years in the United States Army National Guard — seven of those years were active duty — and became mayor of North Ogden in 2013, according to his biography.
Family and friends, here are some pictures of what I’m up to in Afghanistan. Hope you are all well! Our team is doing great over here. 🇺🇸
He was not only a guardsman and mayor, but Taylor was also cherished as a husband and father of seven.
In a Facebook post in honor of their 15th wedding anniversary in September, Taylor called Jennie Ashworth Taylor his “rock star wife” and “superwoman through birthing and raising seven children, and through four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and over five total years of separation for military service.”
“Brent may have died on Afghan soil, but he died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries,” Jennie said.
“It is a timeless and cherished honor to serve in our country’s armed services. […] The price of freedom surely feels incredibly high to all those of us who know and love our individual soldier. But the value of freedom is immeasurable to all who know and love America and all that she represents.”
She added that “we have far more as Americans that unites us than that divides us.”
Watch Taylor’s wife speak about her husband and his legacy:
Watch Taylor being brought home to U.S. soil below:
Taylor’s wife reiterated her husband’s hope for Americans across the U.S. to exercise their “precious right” to vote in the 2018 midterm elections.
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