FORT MYERS, Fla.- Governor Rick Scott was in town Monday afternoon to honor more than 100 Southwest Florida veterans. They each received the "Governors Veterans Service Award."
One by one veterans lined up to be honored by Governor Scott."When I became governor, I said I'm gonna do everything I can to honor veterans. I'm gonna make sure the state of Florida veterans know how much we appreciate that they fought for our liberty" said Governor Scott.
Out of the 150 veterans who received the award, two of them got special recognition.
"It just makes me realize that they haven't forgotten about the veterans.So I really appreciate it" said 91-year old Army veteran Mario Grossi.
"I feel honored, it's unbelievable" said 94-year old Navy veteran Russel Winsett.
Sitting side by side , both veterans have significant memories serving our country. Winsett, who is a Pearl Harbor survivor, said he breaks down every time he thinks about. "I lost too many good friends."
As for Grossi, he was in the Battle of the Bulge."While we were pushed back I was seperated from my division and a Belgium farmer took me in and two other veterans, and we were down in the basement there for about 2 days."
"They went and defended our freedom and I'm very appreciative of people who are willing to serve in our country and defend our freedom" said Governor Scott.
Monday's event is one of eight occurring over the course of four days covering the entire state from Pensacola to Miami.
The Governor's Veteran Service Award was created in Executive Order 14-88 where the Governor formalized his intent to honor all of Florida's veterans.