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Parade held in Santa Fe for Medal of Honor winner

Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry (AP photo) Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry (AP photo)

SANTA FE, N. M. (AP) - Hundreds of people lined the streets around Santa Fe's historic plaza to welcome home a native son awarded the Medal of Honor.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry was honored Monday with a parade in the community where he grew up.

Petry waved to the crowd, many holding American flags.  Bagpipers, Gov. Susana Martinez and Santa Fe Mayor David Coss were among those walking ahead of the float carrying Petry.

Medal of Honor winner Drew Dix, who lives in southwestern New Mexico, spoke at a ceremony after the parade and welcomed Petry into what he described as a tight-knit family of living Medal of Honor winners. Dix won the decoration during the Vietnam War.

Petry received the nation's highest military honor at a White House ceremony earlier this month.

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