Pete Hegseth, former army vet and Fox News host took part in the "Navy SEAL Hudson River Swim and Run", where a group of over 30 navy SEALS swam they swam across the Hudson in support of military vets and their families.
This marks the first time that a leagally sanctioned swim has taken place, starting at Liberty State Park, swimming all the way to Battery Park in Manhattan in over two and a half hours, while making stops at Ellis Island and the 9/11 Memorial.
They swam to benefit the cleverly named GI Go Fund, a nonprofit that helps and supports veterans, and gave viewers a glimpse into the camaraderie and closeness that the SEALS share.
Pete Hegseth said that the risk of jumping into the Hudson was "nothing" compared to the risks that servicemembers took on a daily basis.
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"At each stop, SEALs will perform pushups and pullups to honor America’s liberties, diversity, and those who have fought to preserve them," the website read.
"Upon their arrival at Battery Park, the SEALs will run towards One World Trade Center and end their journey at the America’s Response Monument."
Hegseth said that he wanted to participate because of the admiration he had for servicemembers.
"Well, I'm in awe of these guys and what they do and how many of them left it all on the battlefield."
"To get to do this on a beautiful day in New York City, it's an honor and a blessing," he said.
One of the SEALs described the brotherhood he shared with other servicemembers at the event.
"It's a brotherhood and it's where our country came together after 9/11 -- no matter all our differences, we all came together after that to fight for freedom," he said.