OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 News) All give some, but North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor gave all. He left for Kabul, Afghanistan in January to train members of the Afghan National Army. On November 3, he was killed during an insider attack.
Wednesday, Maj. Taylor’s remains returned to Utah with a dignified transfer going from Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base to Myers Mortuary in Ogden.
“I think today it might become more real. I think most of us have felt like it’s been kind of a… it’s surreal and we’re just kind of going through the motion but today it’s probably going to hit home,” said Jon Call, North Ogden City Administrator.
Taylor’s wife made a statement Wednesday afternoon upon the arrival of his remains.
“Thank you for being a part of this important homecoming today as we celebrate the return of our Hero, and my husband, Brent. Now, 11 1/2 days after he was killed in action, and 11 1/2 years since his first deployment when he left from this same Utah National Guard hangar, he is finally returning home to be with us. When he left from here on that deployment to Iraq 11 1/2 years ago, he was a young Lieutenant and we had been married only 3 1/2 years. Meagan, our oldest daughter wasn’t quite two, and Lincoln, our son, was only 4 months old. It is fitting that his final homecoming would be to the Utah National Guard Airbase, whereas all his other deployments and military assignments left from or arrived through the Salt Lake international airport.
We wear yellow today to welcome home our husband, our father, our brother and our son. Just as women have done since the days of WWII, I am wearing yellow today as I proudly welcome home my sweetheart.
Today he comes home to Utah escorted by his brother, also a National Guardsman. He returns home to so many of his family members and friends, political colleagues and professional associates. And Maj. Taylor is home to his Brothers In Arms—his fellow Soldiers in the Utah National Guard.
This is a tender day for all of us, and we hope you will celebrate as we do, and I’m sure Brent is, this momentous homecoming event.”
An open-to-the-public viewing for Maj. Taylor is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, November 16 at the Dee Events Center.
Following the viewing, a military vigil is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on Friday at Myers Mortuary, in Ogden, watching over Maj. Taylor’s remains.
The funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Dee Events Center.