The signs started five miles from Berne on U.S. 27: “Nicholas Taylor, Hero.”
On Tuesday, Berne laid its fallen hero , Indiana National Guard Spc. Nicholas Taylor, to rest. The South Adams High School gym was nearly to capacity as family, friends, politicians and military members gathered to pay tribute. Pastor Max Haines told the gathering that it was to be a celebration of Taylor's life.
“It is the express wishes of the family that this be a celebration of who he was and because of who he is,” Haines said.
Gov. Mitch Daniels told the crowd that speaking at a gathering like this would be one of the things he'll miss the least when he steps down from office, but that he recognizes it as being the most important duty he has conducted as governor.
“Nick Taylor was an all American boy, and no state could have enough of him,” Daniels said.
“We will weep, we will honor, we will make your life known, this day and always,” Daniels said.
Taylor, 20, and another Indiana National Guardsman were killed July 16 when they came under attack by enemy rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire in Wali Kot District, Afghanistan, military officials said.
Taylor, a 2010 South Adams graduate, planned to attend Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and study criminal justice, according to his obituary.
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