Carlos Del Castillo was a Gold Star Father recognized at the event. His son, Army Ranger Dimitri Del Castillo died in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan. He was 24-years-old when he was killed.
“It’s just always heartwarming to see the American people take time out of their day, it’s a beautiful day here in Florida, and folks are coming to this event, they could be anywhere doing anything but they are here, honoring their family members, honoring our family members,” Del Castillo shared.
Evelyn Brady is also a Gold Star parent who was honored during the ceremony. Her son, Naval Aircrewman, Mohammed “Mo” Haitham was killed in December 2019 at a military base in Pensacola.