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The mayor of Utah died for democracy, so it's "fitting" for his body to come home on election day, says the widow

After the dignified transfer, where Jennie Taylor and her two eldest sons greeted Maj. Brent Taylor's body again on American soil, the widow traveled to nearby Camden, where she turned to reporters.

"To say that our heart is less than broken would be nothing less than true deception," she said. "But refusing the sacred honor of being so close to the freshest blood shed for our country would be absolute blasphemy."

Brent Taylor died for freedom and democracy, not only in the States – but also in Afghanistan, she said.

From the Afghan ballot to the American

About two weeks ago, the day before the planned Afghanistan summit, the first parliamentary elections had been held for eight years – something her husband had described as "beautiful" fifteen years later-a 22-year-old lieutenant who had just come out of officer training killed, said Jennie Taylor. Her husband considered the young Afghan soldier to be a dear friend, she explained.

She recalled her husband's message a week after the election: "Despite the attacks and challenges, the strong turnout in this election was a success for the long-lived people of Afghanistan and for the cause of human freedom." I am proud of the brave Afghan and US soldiers I work with, and many American, NATO, and Afghan troops have died to facilitate moments like this election. "

Jennie Taylor noted that given her husband's feelings about democracy, it was "only fitting" that his body was returned to the States on election day in a flagged coffin.

"It is a timeless and valued honor to serve in the military services of our country," she said. "This honor has been Brent since serving in the Utah National Guard for the last fifteen years, and it's mine as long as I've stood proudly by his side."

What Maj. Taylor wanted for America

It will also be the honor of her seven children, and she prays the honor of her children – "for many generations," she said.

"The price of freedom feels incredibly high for those who know and love our individual soldier, but the value of freedom is immeasurable to all who know and love America," said Jennie Taylor.

It was his second tour in Afghanistan

The Pentagon confirmed the death of Brent Taylor. According to the NATO-led Resolute Support coalition, Taylor was shot dead by a member of the Afghan defense and security forces before the armed man was quickly killed by Afghan forces.

Another service member was injured in the attack on Saturday and listed in stable condition after treatment at the weekend.

Taylor served as mayor of North Ogden, Utah, about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City since 2013. After his biography on the website of North Ogden, he resigned temporarily as mayor to travel with the National Guard to Afghanistan.

He served 12 years as an officer in the Army National Guard, including seven in active service. Taylor has also been deployed multiple times in Iraq and Afghanistan. The graduate of Brigham Young University left for his second assignment in Afghanistan in January.

"Brent has had a profound impact on this community," said North Ogden councilman Phillip Swanson. "He was the best man with the ability to see potential and opportunities in his environment."

One last request to the Americans

A report by the US Government's Ombudsman of War this week highlighted how the Taliban's influence in Afghanistan has increased and has been controlling more territory since 2001 than ever before. By September, nearly 2,800 Afghans had been killed by August 2018.

On October 28, in his last Facebook post, Taylor applauded the millions of Afghans who opposed the Taliban's threats and went to the polls. They described it as a success for a war-weary people.

Quoted by the ancient Greek historian Thucydides – "The secret of happiness is freedom … And the secret of freedom is courage" – he found that his "dear friend", the 22-year-old Afghan lieutenant, was one of them who did it made the ultimate sacrifice "to enable such moments".

"While the US prepares for the elections next week," he concluded, "I hope everyone at home will exercise their valuable suffrage, and whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, we all remember that, we have much more as Americans who unite us to separate us. "Together we stand, divided we fall." God bless America. "

He signed his last post with American flag and Faustemojis.

CNN's Doug Criss, Laura Smith-Spark, Brandon Griggs, Christina Maxouris, and Kevin Bohn all contributed to the report.



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