Looks Dakota Meyer may not be Nailin’ Palin this Memorial Day weekend. The U.S. Marine had been due to tie the knot with Bristol Palin, daughter of former VP candidate Sarah Palin, in Kentucky over the holiday weekend. In a lengthy Facebook post, Sarah Palin said there would be no wedding.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Cancelation Comes as Dakota Meyer Confirmed He Was Married When He Was a Teenager
Regarding salacious headlines in recent days about ‘secret wives,’ Dakota and I discussed our past relationships prior to our engagement. Dakota was legally divorced years ago, as any good reporter could and should have disclosed to readers.
2. In March, Bristol Palin Said ‘Cannot Wait to Marry This Man’
Back in March 2015, Bristol posted a photo to her Instagram announcing the couple’s engagement. She wrote “Truly the luckiest girl in the world, cannot wait to marry this man!!!!” While on his page, Meyer wrote “I’m definitely the luckiest guy ever to be able to spend the rest of my life with @bsmp2 #shesaidyes.”
3. The Palins Are Still Having a Shindig This Weekend
4. Meyer Is the Second Youngest Recipient of the Medal of Honor
Meyer, a Kentucky native and Marine Corps veteran, is the second-youngest Medal of Honor recipient in history, according to the profile on his official website.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the the Battle of Ganjgal. On September 8, 2009, after learning that three Marines and a Navy corpsman had been ambushed by a group of insurgents and were missing, Meyer entered enemy territory under heavy fire and moved the bodies to a safer area with the help of friendly Afghan soldiers.
He is credited with personally evacuating 12 friendly wounded soldiers and providing cover for 24 Marines and soldiers to escape.
5. Palin Is Still Involved in a Custody Battle With Her Ex
Palin announced that she was pregnant at the age of 18, while her mother was running for vice president. At the time, Palin was not married to the baby’s father, Levi Johnston.
Shortly after announcing her pregnancy, Palin began working with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. As spokesman Bill Albert told US News in 2009:
She’s had the highest-profile teen pregnancy of the year. If we take her at her word—that she’s going to discuss the realities of being a teen mom—then that’s good.