Florida’s new Veterans Hall of Fame inducted its first class at the state capital on Tuesday. Six vets who served from World War Two through the Vietnam War were recognized, and all five living members of the hall attended the ceremony.
Current governor, and US Navy veteran, Rick Scott presented the honorees with medals. Among them: retired Marine Lieutenant General Bob Milligan, who served for 39 years before going into politics and becoming state comptroller.
Milligan says he appreciates the award but that all vets deserve the honor.
"It’s really recognition of all the people you worked with over the years. They’re the ones responsible for any successes you have", Milligan said. "You’ve got to take care of them, and they’ll take care of you."
The vets' hall of fame was established by the Legislature in 2011. Members are picked by the state cabinet for making major civic contributions after their military careers have ended. A wall just inside the main entrance of the Capitol has been dedicated to showcase their achievements.