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Hopi veterans honored with Christmas appreciation dinner

The Hopi Veterans Office and Lori Piestewa-Hopi Post No. 80 treated Hopi veterans and their families to a Christmas appreciation dinner at Hopi Day School in Kykotsmovi Dec. 6. Eugene Talas, Hopi Veterans Office director, and his staff put together a slideshow featuring all of the local Hopi veterans who participated in a record number of community events this past year, including the state recognized Hopi Codetalkers Day. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka Thayer

A special dinner to honor Hopi veterans is a small way to show appreciation. But, it's also a good time to share a story or two, laugh at some "Indian humor," and catch up on what is happening with other families among the three Hopi mesas.

The members of Lori Piestewa Hopi Post No. 80 prepared a turkey dinner with all the trimmings Dec. 6 at Hopi Day School in Kykotsmovi for all local Hopi and Navajo veterans who live on or near the Hopi reservation. The Hopi Veterans Office, directed by Eugene Talas and his longtime administrative assistant Lennadine Toney., assisted with the event. Toney will retire after this year at Hopi Day School.

It was a good time to share a beautifully prepared meal and enjoy a video Talas prepared that featured all the community activities that Lori Piestewa Hopi Post #80 participated in this year. The video featured a day set aside for Hopi Codetalkers in early fall.

"I couldn't ask for a better bunch of folks to work with and help support our veterans services here at Hopi," Talas said. "It's been an outstanding year this past 2012 with the men and women who have come to help at our fundraising events, our dances, our honor observances, and our dinners together. They are outstanding in their support, their care, their work ethic. I want to especially honor my assistant Lennadine Toney tonight. She has been working with our veterans services for 15 years and I can't even begin to count the hours and miles she has put in to support our program. I also want to take this time to thank Hopi Post No. 80's Commander Alfred Lomahquahu and his group, they have been the backbone of constant support."

Organizers shared donated door prizes with the entire crowd, including Hopi art items, donated gift shop surprises and clothing items.

The special guest for the evening was Hopi Post No. 80's own 2012 princess, Kyleigh Lynch-Sewequaptewa. She took to the podium to thank the post for her year's reign as their royalty representative.

Organizers also reminded the attending crowd that a membership drive for their post is underway. Those interested may purchase a membership from any officer of Hopi Post No. 80. More information is available from Geno Talas or Lennadine Toney at (928) 737-1834.


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