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Florida Gold Star father wants to honor son's name, legacy

Posted at 6:14 PM, Oct 19, 2017

While people in Washington are focused on how the president should communicate with Gold Star families, a Florida Gold Star father wants to honor his son's legacy. 

Corporal Frank Gross was killed in action in 2011 in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device caused a military vehicle to rollover. 

His father, Craig Gross, said he's dedicated to honoring his son's name and the community support means the most to him. 

He points out, like other Gold Star families, "We aren't sitting around each other and asking 'have you received a phone call from the president?'," he said. "Whether we receive a phone call from anybody is insignificant to us because our mission is to keep our sons' name out there to keep their legacy going."

Gross said both this president and the last recognized his son's sacrifice -- President Barack Obama wrote a letter to the Gross family and President Donald Trump invited him to a dinner at the White House. 

"We've seen the compassion, we've seen the outpouring of love and empathy and they've looked us straight in the eye and asked how was your son killed in action," he said. 

Gross said he appreciates the support he gets each and every day here at home, "I wear my son's dog tags with his picture on it every day because we love our sons and proud of what they've done for their country."

Gross opened Frankie's Patriot BBQ in his son's honor in Clearwater off Ulmerton Road with the mission to honor service members killed, and recognize veterans. 

This weekend, Black Dagger Military Hunt will be hosting seven Gold Star fathers from Florida in their 'No Greater Sacrifice Clay Shoot' at Fishhawk Sporting Clays.

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Gross along with the other six fathers will come together to remember their sons' legacies -- something they all want to be remembered. 

For more information on the event that's open to the public to come and honor them, you can contact Black Dagger Military Hunt Club.