11/12/2013 11:21:00 AM Hopis honor veterans with parade, dance and luncheon Nov. 7-8
Hopi Veterans Command Post No. 80-Lori Piestewa’s 2013-14 Princess Telisha Poleahla rides in the Hopi-Tewa Veterans Parade along with her escort Nov. 8 on Third Mesa. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka Thayer
Hopi Day School royalty ride on the hood of the school’s truck entry, waving and smiling at the crowd. Photos/Rosanda Suetopka Thayer
Rosanda Suetopka Thayer The Observer
KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The morning air was chilly but the sun was out adding to the festive feeling at the start of a Hopi Veterans Day parade honoring all past and present Native American military personnel, Nov. 8 in Kykotsmovi.
Hopi Veterans Services Director Geno Talas, who has organized the yearly Hopi-Tewa veterans event, had a huge support crew this year.
The volunteer work crew helped organize a Military Ball for all military personnel and their dates Nov. 7 and then worked the morning parade on Friday. After the parade a full mid-day program at the Hopi Veterans Memorial Center in Kykotsmovi honored veterans and included a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Co-Masters of Ceremonies Bruce Talawyma and Yvonne Sockyma introduced and narrated the morning program.
The Hopi High School JROTC Color Guard posted the colors and Miss Hopi 2013 Nikki Qumyintewa sang the national anthem. Clark Tenakhongva gave an opening prayer before a brief remembrance ceremony for all POWs-MIAs.
Hopi Chairman Leroy Shingoitewa gave the opening remarks. Herman Honanie, Hopi vice chairman, spoke after Shingoitewa.
Hopi Post -Lori Piestewa No. 80's own Hopi Veterans 2013 Princess Telisha Poleahla also spoke and had an entry in the morning parade.
Sharon Batala from the Hopi Veterans Outreach Office was a guest speaker.
Navajo County Supervisor Jesse Thompson attended the event. The day's event also included a musical performance from the Sunfire Band.
Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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I thought veterans day was about recognizing individuals that had the courage of standing up when others were afraid. I am disappointed to see only one veteran. It is no wonder that the Hopi/Tewa people don't know who are veterans in their community. It would have been more fitting to see more pictures of the veterans than floats.