For Immediate Release Sept. 15, 2016
For information contact: Paula Pedene 480-772-2934
Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Selects Celebrity Grand Marshal
Parade To Honor Vietnam Veterans in 2016
This year’s parade theme is “Welcome Home Vietnam Heroes”. It will pay special tribute to veterans from this era.
As one of the premier Veterans Day events in the nation, parade organizers have chosen national news correspondent Pete Hegseth as Celebrity Grand Marshal.
Hegseth is a Fox News Channel contributor. He appears regularly as a correspondent and guest co-host for the network’s morning show, “Fox & Friends.” He also appears frequently on “The Kelly File,” “Outnumbered,” “America’s Newsroom” and “Happening Now.”
His latest book is “In the Arena: Good Citizens, a Great Republic and How One Speech Can Reinvigorate America.” In his book he makes an impassioned and experiential argument for how Teddy Roosevelt’s articulation of “good citizens,” “equality of opportunity,” and unapologetic U.S. leadership — “good patriots”— can renew our imperiled American experiment and save the free world.
Pete Hegseth is an Army veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was also a guard at Guantanamo Bay. He holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2012, Captain Hegseth deployed to Afghanistan with the Minnesota Army National Guard. He was the senior counterinsurgency instructor at the Counterinsurgency Training Center in Kabul.
Before that, First Lieutenant Hegseth deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division for their 2005-2006 tour, serving as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Baghdad in 2005, and as a Civil-Military Operations officer in Samarra in 2006.
A year before that, Second Lieutenant Hegseth served in Guantanamo Bay (JTF-GTMO) with his New Jersey Army National Guard unit from 2004-2005. Hegseth was recently promoted to the rank of Major, and is currently in the Individual Ready Reserve.
He graduated from Princeton University in 2003 with an undergraduate degree in Politics. While at Princeton, he was a member of the varsity basketball team, an Army ROTC cadet, and the publisher of the campus conservative publication— “The Princeton Tory.” A decade later, Hegseth completed a Master’s in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, graduating in 2013.
The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade commemorates and honors our veterans, and educates Americans about the service and sacrifices our veterans have made to protect our freedoms. This year the Parade has earned designation from the Department of Veterans Affairs as one of its Regional Sites for Veterans Day activities. The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade route runs southbound on Central Avenue starting at Montebello, turns east onto Camelback Road and then south on 7th Street, ending at Indian School Road.
You can learn more about the parade on our website at www.phoenixveteransdayparade.org.
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