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Hopi honors veterans on Veterans Day

American Indian Source Newsletter by Roy Cook

Hopi honors veterans on Veterans Day


Rosanda Suetopka Thayer/NHO, Ethel Sahmie, who holds the distinction of being the first Hopi woman to serve in the military, was given a standing ovation during a community recognition ceremony held on Nov. 11 in Kykotsmovi. Sahmie served in WWII with the Army/Air Corp.
KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. – Hopi veterans were overheard joking with one another about the Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day celebration at Hopi Day School, saying that “it was packed tighter than the kiva on a night dance.”

Monday, November 15, 2010


11/10/2010 3:28:00 PM
Hopi High JROTC hosts Fifth Annual Piestewa Meet

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The Hopi High Drill Team stands in formation during the Fifth Annual Piestewa Drill Meet held in Polacca. The meet is held every year in honor of Lori Piestewa.
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The Hopi High JROTC Color Guard posts colors during the LET 2-4 portion of the competition. There were a number of events in which the Color Guard and Drill Team competed.

Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Gabriella Tovar
Special to the Observer

POLACCA, Ariz. – On Oct. 30, the Fifth Annual Piestewa Meet was held at Hopi Jr./Sr. High School. This meet was hosted by the Hopi JROTC SAI Major Taylor. Six schools, which included Coconino, Pinon, Gallup, Wingate, Chinle and Tuba City attended the meet, held every year at Hopi High School.

Major Taylor gave a brief speech about the meet before the drill competition started. The Piestewa meet is held in honor of Lori Piestewa, the first female Native American to die in combat in the Iraq war.

The marksmanship competition took place at the Hopi JROTC rifle range. The competition started at 7 a.m. Hopi shot against Tuba City High School, who finished in first place while Hopi took second.

The drill and color gaurd events started at 9 a.m. The drill events that took place were 10-person unarmed regulation, 10-person armed regulation, and 10-person armed exhibition, including solo and unarmed dual. Colorgaurd Events included posting of colors for LET 1 and LET 2-4.

Next came the Raiders competition, which were all the physical tests. The cadets had to do a tug-of-war, a one-mile run, push-ups, sit-ups, and the litter carry test.

The cadets from Gallup High school said, “It was great to see all the cadets out here taking pride for what they do.” The cadets from Pinon said, “We were all nervous but when we got out there it was easy.”

The cadets showed pride in representing their schools and for being in the JROTC program. Cadets made new friends with cadets from other schools.

The meet ended at 2 p.m. with a Drill-Down and the Awards Ceremony.


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