DeSantis: ‘Guys Like Me’ in Positions ‘Owe It’ to Veterans, Service Members to Keep Florida Free

June 1, 2022 Updated 9:09 AM ET

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June 1, 2022 Updated 8:50 A.M. ET

DAYTONA (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis told a crowd at a festival honoring Vietnam veterans Saturday that people in powerful positions “owe it” to veterans and service members to keep Florida and the country free.

“Guys like me in positions, you know, we owe it to the people that have put it all on the line for us to keep this state and this country free,” DeSantis said. “And that’s what we’re gonna do.”

The Governor spoke at the Heroes Honor festival at Daytona International Speedway that honors and remembers Vietnam veterans. 

“On this Memorial Day weekend, as we pay tribute to everybody who’s given the last full measure of devotion to service to our country, we especially remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War,” DeSantis said. “Your service is appreciated. Your memory is honored.”

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Governor DeSantis said the greatest monuments at the nation’s capital are not the White House or The Lincoln Memorial Washington Monument, but instead the Arlington National Cemetery. 

“I can tell you this, you can write down whatever you want on a sheet of paper. Hell, the communists had a great Bill of Rights in Russia, back in the Cold War, you can write whatever you want down,” DeSantis said. “But those principles are not going to amount to very much unless you have those people that are willing to sacrifice themselves so that we can be free. And so that’s what Arlington shows.”

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