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:
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson:
“As we pause this Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives to protect our freedoms, I hope you’ll also join me in saying a prayer for the safety of those currently serving here at home and around the globe.”
Gov. Rick Scott:
Attorney General Pam Bondi:
“I want to wish everyone a safe Memorial Day weekend. As we celebrate the holiday, let us reflect on the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the greatest country in the history of the world and not forget the immense sacrifices and acts of courage by the brave men and women that made this dream of democracy, liberty and justice a reality. I am eternally grateful for their service.”
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam:
“On Memorial Day, we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives for our country. Those who have protected our freedoms and our way of life deserve our eternal gratitude. Please take time this Memorial Day to commemorate all those who have come before us and remember those families who are missing a loved one who bravely served our great nation.”
U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis:
“This Memorial Day, I ask you to remember and thank those servicemen and women who gave the last full measure of devotion for our great nation. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. God Bless our fallen heroes.”
U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham:
“Today we honor all those who made great sacrifices defending our country.
“… I wanted to take the time to acknowledge all the veterans here in North Florida and across the country who have dedicated their lives to keeping our country safe.
“If you have served in our military, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. America wouldn’t be the land of the free if it wasn’t for people like you.
“So from my family to yours, have a safe Memorial Day and please pause to remember all those who served.”
U.S. Rep. Dan Webster:
“As we observe Memorial Day, our hearts are filled with gratitude to the brave men and women who have served our great country and sacrificed to preserve our freedom. For nearly 240 years, the United States military has protected us from our enemies and those who seek to harm the cause of liberty. Today, we remember those who have given the last full measure of devotion and have displayed the essence of America, which is the spirit of a proud and courageous people who love freedom.”
Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner:
“As we observe Memorial Day Weekend, I am truly grateful for all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and women and Marines who bravely defended our Nation and for those who continue to serve today. From Valley Forge to Desert Storm, from WWII to the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the fighting spirit of the American warriors shines throughout the history of our Nation. The liberty we enjoy today is the result of their courageous actions. Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and all you continue to do for our country.”
State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto:
“As you gather with friends and family this Memorial Day Weekend, I hope you will stand with me in honoring the brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice in protection of our fundamental freedoms. These fallen heroes surrendered their lives to protect our families, our future, and the country we both love.
The United States Military has been a rock for nearly 240 years, defending the cause of freedom. In that time, our world has changed and our Armed Forces have changed with it — but the dedication, courage, and selflessness of the men and women in uniform has remained a constant. The spirit of our American soldiers truly shines throughout the history of our Nation.
As we observe Memorial Day, I am grateful for all of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and women, and Marines who have bravely defended our Nation, and for those who continue to serve today. The liberty we enjoy today is the result of their courageous actions. Freedom certainly isn’t free; it has come at the cost of many heroes’ lives. Thank you all for your service, sacrifice, and your continued dedication to our country.”
State Sen. Jeff Brandes:
“With Memorial Day approaching, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of the day and those that it honors. As a combat Veteran of the Iraq war, this day is particularly important to me as I remember the brave men and women that gave their lives for our nation.
Here in Tampa Bay we’re privileged to have bases like MacDill AFB and live alongside the service members that play such a crucial role in our national security. So as you take part in the weekend’s activities, please remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do today.
From my family to yours, I wish you a safe, responsible, and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.”
State Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen:
Memorial Day is a day for all of us to come together and remember the sacrifices that our service men and women have made for our great nation. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. Please join me in observing the moment wherever you are.