View From the Plaza

A Hero’s Parade — Santa Fe Style

Yesterday I had a bird’s eye view of an event that the entire nation was watching–the parade honoring Santa Fe’s hometown hero, Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry. President Obama awarded Petry the Medal of Honor for his valor in Afghanistan; he is only the second living person since Vietnam to receive this award—the  highest military honor our government bestows. Sergeant Petry attended Santa Fe High and graduated in 1998 from St. Catherine Indian School in Santa Fe. Thousands lined the plaza and the streets of downtown Santa Fe yesterday cheering our hero on as Santa Fe feted Petry in a colorful parade in his honor.

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Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry waves from the front of the wagon that carried him during the parade in Santa Fe in his honor.

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