The body of a Utah US Army National Guard officer -who was also the mayor of North Ogden- was returned to US soil from Afghanistan yesterday, and his wife is speaking out about his sacrifice.

Major Brent Taylor was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month, in what would be his fourth and final tour.

Tasked with training Afghan commandos before he was killed by small arms fire, the Utah Army National Guardsman was returned to his family at Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base on Election Day- a fitting tribute to a man who, even in death, is still listed as the sitting mayor of North Ogden.

“Maj. Brent Russell Taylor back onto US soil and back home to the land he has always loved so dearly,” bereaved wife Jenny Taylor said in a statement. “To call it a sobering event would be an unspeakable understatement. To say that our hearts are anything but shattered would be nothing short of true deceit. And yet, to deny the sacred honor that it is to stand that close to some of the freshest blood that has been spilt for our country would be absolute blasphemy.”

According to the Deseret News, Taylor is immensely proud of her fallen husband, who was 39 at the time of his passing in Kabul province.

“It is a timeless and cherished honor to serve in our country’s armed services,” Taylor said.

“That honor has been Brent’s since he served in the Utah National Guard for the past 15 years and it has been mine for just as long since I have proudly stood by his side. And it has been and will continue to be the great honor of our seven children for the rest of their lives and I pray for many generations to come. 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 those who know and love America and all that she represents.”

Taylor also mentioned that her late husband hoped everyone would vote on Election Day.

“Brent himself put it best just days ago when he implored of us all: ‘I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote. And whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, I hope that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us. May God forever bless America.'”

Major Brent Taylor leaves behind his wife and seven children.

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