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‘Dancing With the Stars’ contestant named Rose Parade grand marshal

J.R. Martinez named Rose Parade Grand Marshal
J.R. Martinez -- a former soldier, actor and current contestant on "Dancing With the Stars" -- Tuesday was named the grand marshal for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade on Jan. 2.

Martinez, who is the subject of the current cover story for People magazine, underwent 33 surgeries after his Humvee triggered a land mine in Iraq in 2003 and he suffered burns over much of his body.

Tournament of Roses Assn. President Rick Jackson announced Martinez on the front lawn of the Tournament House on Tuesday, setting off a pop of red, white and blue confetti stars.

"To be able to participate in such an iconic American tradition is such an honor for me," Martinez said.


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Photo: J.R. Martinez on the front lawn of the Tournament House on Tuesday after being named the grand marshal for the Pasadena Tournament of of Roses parade on Jan. 2. Credit: Cheryl Guerrero / Times Community News

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