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Monday, December 11, 2023

Governor and First Lady DeSantis host BBQ in honor of Memorial Day 

Gov. Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis hosted Gold Star families, veterans, military families, and families who lost loved ones on Sep. 11, 2001, in Tallahassee for a Memorial Day BBQ on Sunday evening. Over 500 attended the event.

Accompanied by First Lady Casey DeSantis and their three children, Madison, Mason, and Mamie, the governor spoke about the importance of honoring America’s heroes and remembering their sacrifices.

Gov. DeSantis waves to the crowd from the governor's mansion
Gov. DeSantis waves to the crowd from the Governor’s Mansion.

“As a veteran–anybody that signs on that dotted line–you are effectively writing a check to this country for an amount up to and including your life. You don’t know where they’ll send you. You don’t know what will come your way. But you make the commitment that you are going to put service above self, and you are ultimately going to sacrifice your personal safety in order to serve the greater good of our defense,” DeSantis said.

Gov. DeSantis poses for a photo during the BBQ.
Gov. DeSantis poses for a photo during the BBQ.

“Not everybody–even close to everybody–actually has to pay the ultimate price. But some do, and from the very beginning of our country, those who have done that, we would not have been able to be a successful country without those sacrifices. They have been indispensable to the United States becoming what they are.”  

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