Compilation of Florida elected officials' and politicians' tributes for Memorial Day

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This weekend Floridians throughout our state will remember the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have lost their lives while serving our country throughout our nation’s history. As we come together with family and friends to honor our fallen military and veterans, let us also bring to mind the tremendous sacrifice they have made for our benefit.

The following is a compilation of the messages and tributes put forth by Florida’s elected officials and politicians in honor of Memorial Day:

Senator Marco Rubio:

“This Memorial Day, I join my fellow Floridians in celebrating the bravery and heroism of our servicemen and women, both past and present, who honorably answer the call in defense of liberty. For me. it is a distinct honor to work in the Senate on behalf of all of our veterans who today continue the legacy of those we have lost.”

Governor Rick Scott:

“Those who serve in the Armed Forces risk their lives to preserve our national independence and the unmatched freedom we enjoy as United States citizens. Our military defends our own democracy, as well as assists emerging democratic societies around the globe. These opportunities for freedom are made possible only through the selfless sacrifice of our military.”

“To those currently serving in the Armed Forces and the Florida National Guard, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll, Ann and I want to express our appreciation for your bravery and willingness to spend time away from your family and loved ones. Know that we are praying for your safety and for your families here at home to receive the strength and support they need.”

“On Monday, I urge all Floridians to join me in observing a Moment of Remembrance at 12 p.m. noon local time. This time of reflection will honor the men and women of our military, both past and present, for their service and sacrifice.”

CFO Jeff Atwater:

“As you come together with family and friends, remember those who gave their lives throughout our history so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. Remember the families missing a mother, father, sister, brother or friend, and wave your flag for them. Decorate your home in the colors of our flag, and keep our fallen heroes and their families in your thoughts and prayers so the ideals and principles that America’s soldiers fight and die for are never forgotten.”

Attorney General Pam Bondi

“As we spend this Memorial Day weekend enjoying time with family and friends, let us not forget that Memorial Day is about remembering and honoring the courageous men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we could enjoy our freedom. While we enjoy this long holiday weekend, join me in taking time to remember those who dedicated their lives to military service and who died to keep our nation the greatest in the world. If you see a man or woman in uniform, be sure to thank them for all that they do to protect us and our liberty.”

Congressman Ander Crenshaw:

“America’s greatness is drawn from the blood and sacrifice of the brave servicemen and women who have gone before us, defending our freedom. Valiant soldiers all, they stand at the forefront of our thoughts on Memorial Day.”

Congressional candidate Jessica Ehrlich:

“Today we remember and give thanks to the men and women who put their lives on the line to build a stronger, safer America and world for us all. As the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, I hold particularly close to my heart the commitment, dedication and sacrifice made by our veterans and service members, and I am grateful for their service.”

Congressional candidate Kristin Jacobs:

“Memorial Day is not only a time to reflect, it’s a time to look forward to the day we will no longer need to send our children around the world to protect democracy. We must pull together as a nation to support our troops every day, not just on Memorial Day, and help work toward peaceful solutions to conflicts around the world.”

Congressional candidate Patrick Murphy:

“Many paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in a society that grants us a free exchange of ideas, beliefs, and opinions.  Our nation remains a beacon of hope for so many because of their courage.”

Senator Mike Fasano:

“Memorial Day reminds us that the USA is made up of great men and women who never fail to awaken to protect our Nation and allies.”

Rep. Jeff Brandes:

“We should remember the words of former President Ronald Reagan from his 1983 Memorial Day Observance message “As a tribute to their sacrifice, let us renew our resolve to remain strong enough to deter aggression, wise enough to preserve and protect freedom, and thoughtful enough to promote lasting peace throughout the world.”

Rep. Shawn Harrison:

“Memorial Day is to honor those who defended our nation, who answered the call, and who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Extraordinary sons and daughters of our United States of America, no matter what era, have always been there to stand for liberty.  My thanks go to everyone who has ever served our country and their families that have supported them.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.