Hometown hero and retired U.S. Army Master Sgt. Leroy Petry was on live television Tuesday night as part of HBO’s Concert of Valor, a show dedicated to military veterans.
Petry appeared on stage during the event, and television personality Oprah Winfrey saluted the military hero from Santa Fe. Musical guests included the rap artist Eminem, the pop vocalist Rihanna, the rock-and-roll legend Bruce Springsteen and the metal band Metallica.
Petry, a veteran U.S. Army ranger, earned the U.S. Medal of Honor after he attempted to lob a grenade away from his comrades in 2008 while fighting in Afghanistan. The explosive erupted near him, launching shrapnel into his body. He lost his right hand in the process. President Barack Obama gave Petry the Medal of Honor in 2011.
Petry has also been commemorated with a statue in his likeness outside City Hall.
An online MTV series called Rebel Music will feature Santa Fe resident and hip-hop musician Nataanii Means on Thursday. Means is the son of Native American activist and actor Russell Means. The series will debut on MTV’s Facebook page, and based on a trailer it focuses on the journeys and struggles of Native American artists around the nation, Means included. You can catch the trailer here: http://goo.gl/aRuJA7
The show will air on MTV’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MTV, at 2 p.m. Thursday.