‘He Was a Great American Hero’: Wife of Utah Mayor Killed in Afghanistan Explains Pride in Husband’s Service

Jennie Taylor lost her husband, Army Maj. Brent Taylor, to an insider attack in Afghanistan. Although her husband’s death has been hard on the family, their pride in his accomplishments has helped them cope with the painful loss.

As IJR previously reported, Brent Taylor’s last Facebook post was a reminder to Americans to go vote on Election Day. That post went viral, as did his story of service. He served in the military for 12 years and was the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, as well.

He wrote:

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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In the wake of Brent Taylor’s death, Jennie Taylor delivered a poised message, saying that “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.”

Her poise has stayed with her in the wake of her husband’s death. His funeral was on Saturday, but she joined CNN to speak about how her family is doing and offer up a message about gratitude ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Watch the video below:

“I think to a degree, we’re still kind of in shock. You know, he’s already been gone nine-and-a-half months when this happened. We weren’t expecting him home until January or February, so in a lot of moments, it feels like he’s just not back yet. Soon, he’ll be boarding a plane and come back and get back to being mayor, get back to being dad, get back to being husband, get back to running our little farm in the backyard. And so sometimes, I think it escapes us that this is real.”

Jennie Taylor explained that she has a lot of pride in the work her husband did to not only protect American freedoms, but his work encouraging and protecting democracy around the world:

“He felt so passionately about democracy, about the engagement of the regular citizens, about our need to exercise our right to vote, exercise our right to have an opinion, to choose good leaders, to get out and do our part. And it just seemed so powerfully fitting that he would come home to American soil on that very day when ballots were being cast on our soil, shortly after he gave his life fighting for the right for other people in other nations to be able to cast their ballots on their soil.”

Brent Taylor received several medals for his service posthumously, including the Purple Heart. Jennie Taylor explained how proud she was to receive those medals on his behalf:

“That’s a heavy one to receive because there’s a reason you receive the Purple Heart. And in this case, it’s a very obvious reason why he was awarded the Purple Heart. But the other three, I’ll tell you, when the read these three medals and the words that went along with it, what they were giving him and why they were giving him, I could not stop but beam with pride for my husband, this great American hero. He was a great American hero in life and has sealed that in his death.”

Although this will be the Taylor family’s first Thanksgiving after Brent’s death, they are still grateful.

“We always come back to how grateful we are,” Jennie Taylor explained. “You know, Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude. It’s a day of reflection. Our hearts are full. Our hearts are broken, but our hearts are full.”