Pete Hegseth is back for a fifth straight year to host the Patriot Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.
Though the event has left the Sunshine State in exchange for a new home this year, the awards are still focused on the goal of giving real American heroes the recognition they deserve.
For Hegseth, a former Army National Guard officer, the FOX Nation-helmed awards show is personal.
“It’s my favorite assignment, the opportunity to host the Patriot Awards,” Hegseth told FOX News Digital. “I’m always humbled and honored. It’s unique, and it’s unifying.
“I think cultures are defined by what they celebrate. What do we honor? What do we celebrate? And, too often, it’s actors and professional athletes and influencers who have no grasp of history or how special and exceptional this country is… And so the Patriot Awards is meant to shine the spotlight on those who really are the best and brightest of our country.”
Hegseth said he hopes the awards show can have an impact on the next generation,