PANAMA CITY-- Gov. Rick Scott honored nearly 200 current military members and local veterans for their service Thursday.
They received the governor's veterans service award medal.
It honors Floridians who have served in the U.S. military.
The ceremony took place at the national guard armory on lisenby avenue, which was packed current service members and veterans dating back to world war 2.
"A lot of the older guys here and ladies to be included came back from past campaigns, but were never greeted like this so I'm happy for them," Sgt. Maj. Steve Lankford, Ret. of the National Guard, said.
"I'm proud of my county, I'm hopeful and I'm proud of what I did for my county. It means everything. Born free, stay free that's my quota," Jack Eddins, a World War II veteran said.
The governor held similar ceremonies in Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando and Pensacola this week, leading up to the July 4th holiday.