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Widow of Utah Mayor Killed While Serving in Afghanistan Invited To Trump's SOTU

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The price of serving the cause of freedom will be on display at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

Jennie Taylor, the widow of former North Ogden, Utah, Mayor Brent Taylor, will be attending as a guest of Utah Republican Rep. Bob Bishop, The Washington Timesย reported.

Taylor, 39, was a major in the Utah National Guard.

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He was killed in Afghanistan in November 2018 during a deployment there.

“I hate this. Iโ€™m struggling for words. I love Mayor Taylor, his amazing wife Jennie and his 7 sweet kids. Utah weeps for them today. This war has once again cost us the best blood of a generation. We must rally around his family. Thank you for your sacrifice my friend,” Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox had tweeted at the time of Taylor’s death.

Can we ever do enough to honor the sacrifice of men like Brent Taylor?

In 2017, Taylor spoke to his community’s veterans on Veterans Day, as noted on his Facebookย page.

“The sacrifices of you and so many of your comrades, have made it possible for America to be a source of light, scientific growth, and human progress throughout its entire history. I thank you, and I pray always that God will bless America,” he said then.

Jennie Taylor told the Ogden Standard-Examiner that the invitation wasโ€œincredibly humblingโ€ and a way to honor her late husband.

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She also noted that she is not alone.

โ€œWe are one of thousands and thousands of Gold Star families in the history of the country,โ€ she said.

She said she did not know if Trump would mention her husband’s service. โ€œThat would be amazing if he did,โ€ she said.

Lee Lonsberry, spokesman for Bishop, said the invitation was to thank the Taylor family for all of their sacrifices.

โ€œShe, her husband and her family have given so much,โ€ Lonsberry said. โ€œThis is our small way of showing appreciation for that sacrifice.โ€

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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