Large US flag stolen from Major Brent Taylor Foundation trailer

Aug 22, 2022, 10:27 AM | Updated: 7:09 pm

NORTH OGDEN, Utah — The widow of former North Ogden Mayor Maj. Brent Taylor is pleading with the public to keep an eye out for a special flag that was stolen over the weekend.

“My biggest plea is if you open the case hoping you had hundreds of dollars of power tools inside that DeWalt case and you found fabric, please give the fabric back; that fabric is important to us,” said Jennie Taylor.

The flag was stolen out of the Major Brent Taylor Foundation’s trailer Friday night as it was parked outside of a volunteer’s home. The trailer had been loaded that evening with 250 smaller flags in preparation for a service member’s service on Saturday.

“We came out and there was no question it was messed with,” Taylor said. “The door was wide open.”

Taylor said the lock on the door was gone but nothing was damaged inside the trailer.

It wasn’t until volunteers were setting up the service that they realized the case with the flag was missing.

“We packed it up and went to the funeral. That was our top priority, we have to be there for that family, but then when we got that settled and looked through the trailer, we realized one of our cases with one of our larger flags was gone.”

The missing flag, called the Lieutenant, is a 30′ by 60′ American flag. It is often used at parades and events honoring service members or members of the community.

“In Colorado a few years ago, Officer Eric Talley was killed in a grocery store. We flew out there and took the flag. We lent it to Boulder City Police Station, and they hung it on the side of their police building for a number of weeks,” Taylor said. “During the pandemic, we hung it on the side of McKay-Dee and Ogden Regional Medical Center to thank our healthcare workers. So, this is very much significant, very emotional, and it’s a display, it’s a tribute flag.”

Jennie Taylor is the diving force behind the foundation – named after her husband who was killed in action in 2018.

Taylor hopes that whoever stole the case with the flag in it realizes its value isn’t monetary, but instead sentimental. It’s a symbol of service.

“It’s frustrating and it’s crushing, and our first thought is who in the world hates us, which is not necessarily a targeted attack, but you feel violated when something you own is taken by someone who does not have permission to take it.”

To replace the Lieutenant would cost the foundation about $1,500. Taylor hopes they won’t have to and the flag will be found.

“We’re not looking to punish or make a big deal out of it. If someone is listening and knows about it, seen it, just give it back.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Cottonwood High lines up for a free kick following a fair catch against Jordan High. (KSL Sports)...
Andrew Adams

Coach, kicker & official reflect on Cottonwood High’s rare, game-winning play

Cottonwood defeated Jordan High after the Colts attempted and converted a free kick for three points with 12 seconds left following a fair catch on a punt.
6 months ago
Karah Brackin

Utah Veterans head to Washington D.C. for ‘trip of a lifetime’

75 veterans left Salt Lake City for Washington D.C. Tuesday morning.
6 months ago
Clark Aposhian, chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, introduces himself as a member of a n...
Ashley Imlay, KSL.com & Aimee Cobabe, KSL NewsRadio

Supreme Court declines to hear Utah gun rights activist’s appeal to overturn bump stock ban

A prominent Utah gun rights activist has lost his bid to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the federal bump stock ban.
6 months ago
Yvette Rodier, shooting survivor...
Amy Donaldson, KSL Podcasts

LETTER PODCAST: Victim says bullet wounds were easiest part of recovery

When Yvette Rodier woke up in a hospital, she knew, even before anyone told her, that her friend, Zachary Snarr, was dead.
6 months ago
Housing construction....
Ladd Egan

Unaffordable Utah: Mortgage rates climb again as buyers look for price reductions

Utah's housing market is whiplashing as last year's buying frenzy seems to have slowed down to signs of a recession.
6 months ago
Matt Gephardt & Sloan Schrage

Get Gephardt: How cybercriminals use social engineering to get us to hand over our sensitive info

You can have the strongest, most secure password in the history of cybersecurity, but the bad guys know there is one weakness they can use to hack into your system - you!
6 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Large US flag stolen from Major Brent Taylor Foundation trailer