West Memphis Mayor makes proclamation, honors fallen soldier
By Action News 5 Staff - Published: Sep. 2, 2021
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (WMC) - West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon gave a proclamation to the family of a fallen soldier, proclaiming August 26 SSgt. Hoover day in the city.
During a City Council Meeting Thursday, West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon read aloud the names of the fallen soldiers who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Kabul on August 26th.
One of those 13 soldiers was raised in West Memphis.
“Our special angel, West Memphis’ own, Marine Corps SSGT Darren Taylor Hoover.”
SSgt Taylor Hoover served in the marines for 12 years, doing 3 tours in Afghanistan before he was killed.
His family was there Thursday as Mayor McClendon made a proclamation naming August 26th Staff SSgt Taylor Hoover Day in West Memphis.
Hoover’s mother, Kelly Barnett said she’s proud of her son, and knows he is smiling down on the city.
“He loved Arkansas. It was always like Christmas, even if we came back in the heat of July, it was always like Christmas for my kids to come back here,” she said.
The City also made a memorial sign in Hoover’s honor that will hang along Missouri Street for years to come.
Barnett said she wants the world to know her son loved this country and died serving others.
“What drove him was his heart, his deep faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that’s what drove him. He loved and he loved hard, and that’s the reason he did what he did because he wanted to make sure that this world was a better place.”
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