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Kentucky war hero Dakota Meyer's wedding to Bristol Palin called off

Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer paused for photos as celebrities left the red carpet before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, May, 03, 2014. awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal on September 8, 2009, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer paused for photos as celebrities left the red carpet before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, May, 03, 2014. awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal on September 8, 2009, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Kentucky Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer and the oldest daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin apparently won't be getting married this weekend as planned.

Palin said in a Facebook post Monday that daughter Bristol, a former contestant on Dancing with the Stars, and Meyer were thankful for the support of family and friends as they prepared for their wedding but "have informed loved ones that unfortunately the announced celebration planned for May 23 will not be held."

Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, said friends and family "still look forward to getting together that day in Kentucky anyway — and the Palins and Meyers are happily looking forward to still being at 'the old Kentucky home' on May 23 to celebrate life, in general!"

"Family members and close friends know they are welcome to share a great bar-b-que on the farm that day," Palin said.

Palin did not say what led to the decision, but she included a comment from her daughter dismissing the recent dust-up on social media about Meyer allegedly trying to hide that he was married briefly several years ago.

Regarding the "salacious headlines in recent days about "secret wives," Bristol Palin said that she and Meyer had discussed their past relationships before their engagement and that he had been legally divorced years before they met.

"As usual, false stories and dramatically written headlines begging controversy should be disregarded, and we have faith that our privacy will be respected at this time by those with decency. Thank you! — Bristol"

Sarah Palin also posted this, credited to InstaGod Ministries: "Trust in God's timing. It's better to wait a while and have things fall into place than to rush and have things fall apart."

Bristol Palin, 24, and Meyer, 26, announced their engagement in effusive social media posts in March.

"Cannot wait to marry this man really the luckiest girl in the world!!" Palin said in a post that included several pink hearts and a photo of her and Meyer kissing.

In 2011, President Barack Obama presented Meyer with the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during an intense firefight in Afghanistan in 2009, when he was a 21-year-old Marine.

Meyer later left the service.

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