David Harmer, president and CEO of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, gave the following remarks on Monday, Nov. 12, during “A Service of Veterans Recognition and Remembrance,” presented by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Freedoms Foundation, at Sycamore Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Major Brent Taylor, U.S. Army National Guard, posts on Facebook:
Today marks 15 years of marriage with Jennie Ashworth Taylor. My rock star wife has been superwoman through birthing and raising seven children, and through four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and over five total years of separation for military service.
Happy Anniversary to this talented and selfless woman who chose to dedicate her life to her family and to God. She is truly the center of our home and at the very center of all of our lives.
I second Winston Churchill, who said: “My most brilliant achievement was . . . to persuade my wife to marry me.”
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Major Brent Taylor, U.S. Army National Guard, posts:
Greetings from Afghanistan! Things are going great over here for our team. We are working hard with our brave Afghan colleagues and our dedicated NATO allies to help ensure a safe parliamentary election day this weekend, so the people of Afghanistan can choose their leaders in peace. We are starting to move into winter, and the evenings are now quite cool. The days are still hot and sunny.
I have been reading a Winston Churchill biography lately, and wanted to share one of my favorite quotes from him: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” No matter what, never give up! I hope you are all well, and I am excited to get back to our wonderful city early next year.
Best wishes and God Bless America!
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Major Brent Taylor posts:
“The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” – Thucydides
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
It was beautiful to see over 4 million Afghan men and women brave threats and deadly attacks to vote in Afghanistan’s first parliamentary elections in eight years. The strong turnout, despite the attacks and challenges, was a success for the long-suffering people of Afghanistan and for the cause of human freedom. I am proud of the brave Afghan and US soldiers I serve with. Many American, NATO allies, and Afghan troops have died to make moments like this possible; for example, my dear friend Lieutenant Kefayatullah who was killed fighting the Taliban the day before voting began.
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.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
In Kabul, a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces opens fire. It’s an insider attack. The gunman kills Major Brent Taylor.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Dover Air Force Base, Delaware: accompanied by her two oldest boys, a young widow from North Ogden, Utah, receives a flag-draped casket. She speaks of “the sacred honor that it is to stand that close to some of the freshest blood that has been spilled for our country.” Then Jennie Taylor says:
It seems only fitting that Brent, who in death now represents something so much greater than any of our own individual lives, has come home to U.S. soil in a flag-draped casket on our Election Day.
It is a timeless and cherished honor to serve in our country’s armed services. That honor has been Brent’s as he served in the Utah National Guard for the past 15 years, and it has been mine for just as long as I have proudly stood by his side. And it has been and will continue to be the great honor of our seven children for the rest of their lives, and I pray for many generations to come.
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. …
May God forever bless America.
Monday, November 12, 2018
Sobered by the sacrifice of the Taylor family, and mindful that they are merely among the most recent of the many who have paid an incalculable price for the blessings of freedom that we enjoy as gifts of grace, we pause to recognize and remember the service of all veterans of the United States armed forces, and in doing so, to echo the words of President Washington in his Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1795:
to … render … sincere and hearty thanks to the Great Ruler of Nations for the manifold and signal mercies which distinguish our lot as a nation, particularly for the possession of constitutions of government which unite and by their union establish liberty with order; for the preservation of our peace … and … for the prosperous course of our affairs …; and … humbly and fervently to beseech the kind Author of these blessings graciously to prolong them to us; to imprint on our hearts a deep and solemn sense of our obligations to Him for them; to teach us rightly to estimate their immense value; … to dispose us to merit the continuance of His favors by not abusing them; by our gratitude for them, and by a correspondent conduct as citizens … and finally, to impart all the blessings we possess, or ask for ourselves, to the whole family of mankind.
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