The North Ogden-based Major Brent Taylor Foundation (MBTF) announces the theme and schedule of events for the 2021 Veterans Week celebration. Please see the attached flyer for details about each event.
This year’s theme is “Now More Than Ever,” meaning: Now more than ever, we honor those who serve. Now more than ever, we stand behind our military men and women. Now more than ever, we come together as neighbors and citizens to express our gratitude to all of America’s veterans, past and present.
Events include the unfurling of the giant flag known as The Major in North Ogden’s Coldwater Canyon, a memorial blood drive with the American Red Cross, a Field of Honor with 500 American Flags placed in honor of local service men and women, an outdoor Veterans Devotional Program, and a fundraiser gala for the Major Brent Taylor Foundation’s Leadership Legacy Scholarship program.
This series of events was first inspired by the military death of North Ogden Mayor/Utah Army National Guard Major Brent Taylor in November of 2018. Mrs. Jennie Taylor, Major Taylor’s Gold Star Widow, said, “It’s been a beautiful thing to watch our community come together in a spirit of gratitude and patriotism over the past three years. What began as a heart-felt tribute in the wake of my husband’s unexpected death has grown into a beautiful series of events honoring all of the brave men and women who have served or are still serving in our nation’s Armed Services”
The large flag known as The Majorwill be unfurled on Saturday, October 30th in North Ogden’s Coldwater Canyon. It will be retrieved on Saturday, November 13th.
Flags for the Field of Honor can be dedicated to a service member for $25. The flags will fly in front of Pleasant View’s City Offices from November 1st to November 15th, and then they can be taken home by those who dedicated them. The deadline for flag dedication is Saturday, October 23rd.
The memorial blood drive will take place on Friday, November 5th from 2-8 pm at the white church building next to Weber High School in Pleasant View. Appointments need to be made online ahead of time.
Tickets to the fundraiser gala are available online at http://bit.ly/MajorBrentTaylorGala. Proceeds will benefit the MBTF’s Leadership Legacy Scholarship Program. To date, 11 Legacy Scholars have been named, and they will be honored at the gala. The guest speaker for the event is Army Major (Retired) Craig Wilhelm from Bend, Oregon. Wilhelm served as the commander of the 159th Aviation Regiment in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In April of 2005, a Chinook helicopter in the unit crashed in a dust storm and killed all 18 Soldiers and Airmen aboard. Wilhelm and other survivors have since formed the Windy 25 foundation in honor of the men and women they lost that day. You can learn more about Major Wilhelm and the Windy 25 here: https://katu.com/news/local/everyday-heroes-retired-army-major-from-bend-and-the-windy-25-memorial-fund
The Veterans Devotional Program will take place on Sunday, November 7th at 4:00 pm at North Ogden’s Barker Park Amphitheater. This event is free and open to all ages. It is an outdoor event so guests are encouraged to dress warmly and bring their own chairs and blankets. This year’s guest speaker is former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Joshua Adams. Adams is the recipient of the Purple Heart, the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, and multiple awards for Valor in Combat. He is a renowned public speaker and has trained Navy SEALS and other military units around the world. The Vocal Motion Choir will provide the musical numbers for the devotional, while the Weber County Honor Guard conducts the flag ceremony. On Saturday, November 13th volunteers will carry the large flag known as The Lieutenant in the Layton Veterans Day Parade, which begins at 11:11 am.