Fox Nation, an on-demand subscription-based streaming service, will host its first-ever Patriot Awards in St. Petersburg on Wednesday and Florida Daily spoke to “Fox and Friends Weekend” co-host Pete Hegseth who will play a big part in the event about it.
“We want to celebrate and promote love of country and patriotism,” Hegseth, who will MC the event, told Florida Daily. “There is no award show for patriots.”
Hegseth said the awards would showcase “the special country we live in and the people who protect it,” featuring unsung heroes including first responders and veterans who are often overlooked. He stressed the differences between the Patriot Awards and Hollywood awards shows, noted the event would feature everyday heroes including coaches who oppose kneeling during the national anthem before football games and even a boy who tried to get more American flags displayed in his neighborhood.
Originally from Minneapolis, Hegseth is the author of “In the Arena” which was published in 2016. He is an Army veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and was a guard at Guantanamo Bay. He holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is graduate of Princeton University who played on the varsity basketball team and holds a Master’s in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School.
The event will be held at Duke Energy Center of Arts – Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Wednesday at 7PM/ET and will be streamed live on Fox Nation with a later air date on Fox News Channel (FNC).
“Throughout its one year anniversary month of November, Fox Nation will present special programming celebrating the many Americans who dedicate themselves to their communities with inspirational acts of courage and patriotism,” the media outlet noted about the event and programs in the weeks to come.
“As we approach the one year anniversary of Fox Nation, we are thrilled to host an event honoring patriots from across the country for their selfless acts of heroism,” John Finley, the executive vice president of Fox Nation, said when he announced the event at the end of September. “Fox Nation was created in celebration of our dedicated viewers and we’re excited to engage our loyal audience with an event that pays tribute to the many Americans who serve their communities.”
The event “will showcase and award American’s finest patriots, including military veterans and first responders, among other inspirational everyday heroes.”
Besides Hegseth, Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt from “Fox and Friends,” travel and lifestyle host Abby Hornacek, “Front Row Seat’s” Ed Henry, “The Quiz Show’s” Tom Shillue, “Man on the Street’s” Lawrence Jones, “Reality Check’s” David Webb, “Sincerely Kat’s” Kat Timpf, “Get Tammy Bruce’s” Tammy Bruce and “The Russia Hoax’s” Gregg Jarrett are scheduled to attend. So is country music singer John Rich.
“Throughout the evening, select patriots will be honored in a number of categories including, Patriot Award for Service to Veterans, Most Valuable Patriot (MVP), Patriot Award for First Responders, Patriot Award for the Unsung Hero, the Most Patriotic Sportsman and the Ultimate Patriot Award,” Fox Nation nation. All proceeds from the Patriot Awards will go to the Folds of Honor Foundation.
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