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North Ogden, UT

It is fitting that Utah’s first Gold Star Families memorial is located just outside the North Ogden City Offices where Major Brent Taylor served as mayor before he was killed in Afghanistan in 2018. While I knew Major Taylor only briefly, I am enormously touched by his service and sacrifice. My heart is heavy this week thinking about the servicemembers who have given the ultimate sacrifice and the loved ones they left behind. May we never forget the precious gift of life and how blessed we are to live in this free nation—the home of the free because of the brave. The monument was dedicated on August 1, 2020.