On January 7, 2014, Mayor Johnson, along with the City Council, former Taylorsville mayor and Exchange Club president Russ Wall, Senator Karen Mayne, and Exchange Club members paid tribute by presenting Sam and Karolyn Day (parents of Jared William Day) with two proclamations at the City Council Meeting. One proclamation was read and presented on behalf of the City of Taylorsville and an additional proclamation was read and presented from Senator Karen Mayne and her fellow legislators in the Utah State Senate. There was also a plaque presented on behalf of the Exchange Club which will be placed at the Freedom Shrine in Bridgeside Park.
Jared William Day passed away on August 6, 2011 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed. Former Taylorsville mayor Wall had the opportunity to be in attendance at the airport when the body of Jared was returned to Taylorsville and also attend the funeral. Russ Wall shared the following quote by Charles M. Province:
“It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”