The Trumbull Memorial Day Committee is proud to that announce the 2019 Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal is retired Staff Sergeant Juliet Taylor. In 2002, Ms. Taylor enlisted in the US Army and was mobilized and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Significant assignments include Squad Leader, 62nd Medical Brigade, Fort Lewis, WA; Squad leader 47 Area Support, Fort Lewis, WA; NCOIC, Facility Manager, Sr. Chaplain Assistant, NCOIC Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer, VA.
Her distinguished awards and decorations include:
- 3 Army Commendation Medals
- 2 Army Good Conduct Medals
- Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- 7 Non-Commission Professional Development Ribbons
- Army Service Ribbon
- Driver and Mechanic Badge
- Sharp Shooter Badge
Ms. Taylor retired from active duty in 2014, and now spends her days working in the community as an avid Veteran Advocate and a Reintegration Support Specialist while pursuing her master’s degree in Public Health. Despite the fact that Juliet currently battles a number of post-military traumatic medical issues, she continues to serve her community through several non-profit organizations. Juliet is an active member of Disabled American Veterans. She transports disabled veterans from their homes to enjoy a day of fishing. Multiple times each year, Juliet can be found at nearby stores such as Bass Pro collecting gift cards to be distributed to military patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D. C. She is a board member for Homes for the Brave and counsels female veterans and provides tools to aid in their transition to civilian life. She is very instrumental in leading several Veteran fundraising events as well as Veteran Recognition events annually. Through advocacy, Ms. Taylor also empowers her civilian counterparts by fostering patriotism and citizenship. As a Service Officer, she provides advice and assists Veterans with claims regarding compensation and benefits.
Ms. Taylor was first introduced to Trumbull more than 20 years ago as an employee at Hillcrest Middle School. That job opportunity inspired her to pursue a college education where she met her Army Recruiter. She is now a Trumbull Rotarian and a member of both the Trumbull American Legion Post 141 and the Trumbull VFW Post 10059. She gives much credit to the people of Trumbull for her success. Juliet lives in Bridgeport and is a proud mother of three children and grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren.