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The information below was forwarded by Sandia Tea Party member Chuck Madole. Perhaps some of you can make it to Santa Fe to honor this New Mexico Hero!
Santa Fe Homecoming & Parade for
U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Leroy A. Petry
(SANTA FE, NM)–United States Medal of Honor recipient and Santa Fe native U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Leroy A. Petry will receive a hero’s welcome home on Monday, August 1st, for his brave and selfless acts while risking his own life in action with an armed enemy in Afghanistan on May 26, 2008.
The City of Santa Fe and Keep Santa Fe Beautiful are pleased and proud to honor Sgt. Petry with a parade and reception on Monday, August 1. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. near Fire Station 1 on Murales Road. The parade will make its way down Bishop’s Lodge Rd / Washington Ave. to and around the Plaza and then north on Lincoln Ave. to the Santa Fe Community Convention Center where a reception will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At the reception, there will be brief comments by the guest of honor Sgt. Petry, Mayor David Coss, Governor Susana Martinez, New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Cabinet Secretary Timothy Hale and Major General Kenneth Montoya of the New Mexico National Guard. Following the speakers there will be food and refreshments which have been donated by local businesses.
The Santa Fe Lions Club will line a portion of the parade route including the Plaza with United States Flags. The Lions Club owns 180 flags and is looking for volunteers to hold the flags so that all 180 flags can be displayed. Call 955-6852 or 955-6045 to volunteer.
Santa Fe Trails buses will be moved from Sheridan to West Alameda (between Guadalupe and Sandoval) for the entire morning on August 1. In addition, there will be free parking from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center parking garage and at parking meters in the vicinity of the Convention Center. The only exception is the 1 hour parking meters in front of the United States Post Office.
Sgt. Petry was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama on July 12th in a ceremony at the White House. Petry was recognized for his actions in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. As a weapons squad leader with D Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Sgt. Petry moved to clear the courtyard of a house. While crossing the courtyard, Petry and another Ranger were wounded by automatic weapons fire. Under enemy fire, and wounded in both legs, Sgt. Petry led the other Ranger to cover. During the course of the battle, a grenade landed only a few feet away. Instantly realizing the danger, Sgt. Petry, and with complete disregard for his own safety, picked up the grenade and threw it away. As he was releasing the grenade it detonated, amputating his right hand at the wrist and further injuring him with multiple shrapnel wounds. His actions saved his fellow Rangers from severe wounds or death. Sgt. Petry continued to maintain the presence of mind to place a tourniquet on his right wrist before calling by radio for support for himself and his fellow wounded Rangers.
The flyer and parade route map are attached.
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