For Master Sgt. Sean Clifton, presiding as grand marshal of Dublin's Independence Day Celebration is an opportunity to continue to serve and represent the city's veteran community.
Clifton, a Dublin resident of more than 20 years, said he and his family -- wife Sarah and boys Stone, Seth and Scott, ages 11, 9 and 7, respectively -- are thankful to share the July Fourth holiday together in their hometown.
"I will continue to do my best to be an advocate and an ambassador for Dublin, as well as continue to serve as a veteran, supporting other veterans and our military service members," Clifton said.
The service and sacrifice of this country's military allows citizens the opportunity to enjoy events such as Dublin's celebration, he said.
Clifton will preside over Dublin's parade, which steps off at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, from Metro Center.
A group of former grand marshals, along with Dublin Mayor Greg Peterson and City Manager Dana McDaniel selected Clifton.
Dublin events administrator Mary Jo DiSalvo said Clifton and his family have made many sacrifices.
"This man is a true patriot," she said.
Clifton said he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1994.
When he was critically wounded in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, he and his family were blessed to receive an incredible amount of support from neighbors and the Dublin community during his two-year recovery, Clifton said.
Clifton is a retired Green Beret with more than 22 years in the military. He spent 15 years in Army Special Forces until he took a medically retirement in 2016 from Special Operations Command as an intelligence sergeant.
Among his awards for service are the Bronze Star for valor, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for valor and the Achievement Medal.
Clifton now serves as a special operations training consultant, supports several nonprofit veteran organizations and coaches an adaptive athlete program for wounded veterans.