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  • The Dedication of a Monument Honoring Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn

    by Representative Patrick Murphy

    Posted on 2013-01-23

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    MURPHY of florida in the house of representatives Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Mr. MURPHY of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and legacy of Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, whose memory was recently honored by a monument being dedicated in tribute to his service and sacrifice at the Sailfish Splash Water Park in Stuart, Florida.

    It is most appropriate that the memorial is located at the Sailfish Splash Water Park. As Aaron's mother, Karen Vaughn, described at the memorial service, it is ``most fitting since inside those gates there will always be living, breathing representations of the things Aaron held most dear--love, laughter, family, friends and fun.'' Aaron Vaughn grew up in Florida's 18th Congressional district, where he attended Martin County High School and was a member of the football team. Aaron then received his Associate's Degree from Indian River State College, studying turf grass science. Aaron later enlisted in the Navy and became a member of the elite Navy SEALs.

    Aaron bravely served as a Navy SEAL, a lifelong dream of his. Aaron's father, Billy Vaughn, said that ``the commander of SEAL Team Six said he was a fearless leader who was headed to the top.'' In August 2011, Aaron lost his life when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.

    Mr. Speaker, Aaron Vaughn dedicated his life to this country and I am proud that the city of Stuart has recognized his service by dedicating this memorial in his honor. It is truly humbling to recognize his life and his great service to our country here today.


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