- The Washington Times - Friday, November 20, 2020

Fox Nation salutes the nation’s most heroic populations in new programming to air live on Friday. Weekend host and decorated combat veteran Pete Hegseth will serve as master of ceremonies during the network’s second annual Patriot Awards — which showcases first responders and the genuine heroes of the military.

Mr. Hegseth has never forgotten those he served with in Afghanistan, Iraq and Cuba — and it’s given him insight.

“My heart goes back to the men I served with on the battlefield. These men are the real 1% of America — the warriors who are willing to put their lives on the line for me, for their brothers, and for our freedom. Sure, there are lots of everyday heroes in our lives; but our combat troops are extraordinary heroes, leaving their lives, families, and future on the line for Americans they will never meet,” Mr. Hegseth told The Washington Times.

Mr. Hegseth, incidentally, holds a degree in political studies from Princeton University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

The virtual event itself is a star-studded lineup for Fox News fans featuring appearances by such hosts, analysts and contributors as Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Ainsley Earhardt, Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocy, Dana Perino, Rachel Campos-Duffy, Abby Hornacek, John Rich, Johnny Joey Jones, Dan Bongino, Tammy Bruce and Tomi Lahren.

Musical contributions will be offered by Lee Greenwood, Jessie James Decker, Phil Vassar, Easton Corbin, Tyler Farr, Clint Black, Natalie Grant and Thompson Square, among others.

The awards show will premiere live at 8 p.m. on Fox Nation, the network’s digital streaming service, with an encore presentation on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively, on Sunday, Nov. 22.

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