I’m sitting in the exact same place that I was almost 8 years ago when my phone rang. It was my husband. He told me that Nick Taylor had been killed in Afghanistan. It took a bit for it to sink in. Nick was a young, vibrant, kind young man, how could this be?
Today is Memorial Day. Today is the day we honor those who have died for our country! Those who laid down their lives for a brother, a sister, a parent, a loved one, a friend. Nicky T. did that!
Today there are signs lining our streets that say, “Our Hero Nick Taylor.” It is a strange feeling to think that some of the people who read the signs never knew Nick personally. The children who lined the streets to welcome their hero home on that hot, July afternoon in 2012 were tiny. All ages lined the streets to pay their respect to Nick as he entered Berne for the last time. I remember that somber feeling. Even with the sounds of rumbling motor cycles, it seemed so silent.
I share this post with permission. I texted Nick’s mom, Stephania today and asked if I could share. It’s so vital that in the midst of the chaos of 2020 that we still remember why we have Memorial Day. Today and always, our hometown hero will be remembered with dignity and love. Nicky T. was a great guy. He loved football, he loved being a complete goofball, he cared deeply about others and would always call people by name. He loved God, he loved his family and I know for a fact that he would be the most doting Uncle to his nieces and nephew.
Some gave all… All gave some… Nicky T. gave all. We remember you Nick and we miss you! And to the Taylor family – we will never forget!