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Bristol Palin announces engagement to Medal of Honor recipient

"Sgt Dakota Meyer proposed and I said yes!" Palin, 24, said on her blog.
Bristol Palin signs copies of her book \"Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far\" at Barnes & Noble in Phoenix, Ariz., July 9, 2011. (Photo by Laura Segall/Getty)
Bristol Palin signs copies of her book \"Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far\" at Barnes & Noble in Phoenix, Ariz., July 9, 2011.

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin expressed her happiness over daughter's engagement on Facebook Saturday night, writing that "our families couldn't be happier for Bristol and Dakota!"

Bristol Palin, 24, wrote on her blog on Saturday: "Last night, Sgt Dakota Meyer proposed and I said yes!" Meyer took to social media as well to spread the news; on Instagram he wrote: "I'm definitely the luckiest guy ever to be able to spend the rest of my life with @bsmp2 #shesaidyes"

In 2011, Meyer was awarded a Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama for his heroism while in Afghanistan. In 2009 while being attacked by enemy fire, Meyer saved 36 members of his training team, according to his website

Bristol, who appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" and starred in her own reality-documentary show "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp," was previously engaged for less than one year to Levi Johnston, the father of her child, Tripp.

Sarah Palin on Facebook wrote that the newly engaged couple met in Alaska while filming "Amazing America" and described Meyer as a "good and kind man." 

Read her full remarks here:

Our families couldn’t be happier for Bristol and Dakota! We’re honored to welcome Dakota into our family. He’s an American hero and patriot whose service to our country – like all his fellow Medal of Honor recipients – has been above and beyond the call of duty; but even more important is he’s a good and kind man who loves Bristol and Tripp, and is loved by them. They met last year when he was in Alaska to film an episode of “Amazing America,” and even then it was noticed that just as we like to describe Bristol as “an old soul” wise beyond her years, the same also applies to Dakota. (A clear demonstration is the fact that he flew up North last week to ask both Todd and Bristol’s grandfather, Chuck, Sr., for her hand in marriage!)

Rascal Flatts dedicated a perfect song to them last night during their concert as Dakota proposed; it sums it up best: “Every long lost dream led me to where you are... they were like Northern stars pointing me on my way into your loving arms. This much I know is true – that God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.”

Yes, God working behind the scenes to turn beauty from ashes. Had tough circumstances in their lives not occurred, and had they reacted differently to those circumstances, they’d have never met. Dakota’s story is told in the book “Into the Fire.”

Dakota wrote a beautiful “thank you” post to those wishing them well (, and Bristol's picture says a thousand words ( .

Thank you for letting us share good news today!

- Sarah Palin