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Native American Recognition Days Kickoff Flag-Raising Ceremony, September 27, 2013


Photos by Mark Scarp, Heard Museum

Members of American Legion Ira Hayes Post 84  from Sacaton, Ariz. (left), raise the U.S., Arizona and POW-MIA flags at a Sept. 27 ceremony at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. The ceremony kicked off the 31st annual Native American Recognition Days. A total of 18 events, including the Spirit of the Heard Award Reception on Oct. 11, are part of the two-month long series of activities to foster awareness of American Indians' contributions to art, culture and history in Arizona. Information is at aznard.org.

The Thunder Springs drum group (left) plays an honor song during the Sept. 27 flag-raising ceremony, held at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial.




Visitors and museum staff (left) stand at attention during the flag-raising.

Members of American Legion Ira Hayes Post 84 (right) await the start of the ceremony..

Dedication Ceremony, November 14, 2012  

Photo by Lizard Light Productions

The Memorial is the first and only known monument to American Indian veterans of many conflicts. Funded from a gift from TriWest Healthcare Alliance, it was designed by John Douglas Architects with construction services by Kitchell. The ceremony was funded by APS.

More than 450 veterans, dignitaries, museum members and volunteers and members of the public attended the November 14 dedication of the American Indian Veterans National Memorial (left) at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.


                                                   Photo by Lizard Light Productions


Photo by Lizard Light Productions                Photo by Lizard Light Productions

The Pledge of Allegiance at the dedication was led by Navajo Code Talker Joe Kellwood (left). Kellwood was joined at the ceremony by fellow Code Talker Arthur Hubbard Sr.





Lt. Michael Edwin Thornton (Cherokee), a retired U.S. Navy SEAL and the last living American Indian recipient of the Medal of Honor (bottom right), was a featured speaker. A veteran (bottom left) stands at attention while looking at "Unconquered II," the Memorial's heroic bronze of Chiricahua Apache sculptor Allan Houser (1914-1994).


Photo by Mark Scarp

Master of ceremonies retired Army Col. Joey Strickland (left), director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, salutes as flags are presented by combined color guards from several veterans groups that participated in the ceremony. The host color guard was from the American Legion Ira Hayes Post 84, Sacaton.


                                Photo by Mark Scarp   

                                                                                        Photo by Mark Scarp

TriWest Healthcare Alliance CEO Dave McIntyre (at microphone in left photo) introduces Lt. Thornton while Col. Strickland listens.






Heard Museum Board of Trustees Secretary Dr. George Blue Spruce Jr. (Ohkay Owingeh/Laguna Pueblo) (lower left photo), a U.S. Navy veterans who was assistant surgeon general, speaks at the dedication. Both he and fellow board member Life Trustee Dr. Wayne Mitchell (Dakota Sioux/Mandan), a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, offered recollections of their and others' proud military service. Both served on the museum's committee that planned the Memorial and ceremony.


Photo by Craig Smith

A Vietnam War veteran (left) holds an American flag as part of several color guards whose members participated in the November 14 dedication of the American Indian Veterans National Memorial on the grounds of the Heard Museum in Phoenix.


Photo by Craig Smith                 Photo by Lizard Light Productions

A veteran in headdress (left) looks on during the Memorial dedication ceremony.

Members of several color guards (right) march from the Libby Amphitheater toward the Memorial in a Grand Entry at the start of the ceremony.


Photo by Mark Scarp

(Left) Six days before the ceremony, on November 8, workers lower the more than 9-foot, one-ton bronze by Allan Houser, "Unconquered II," onto its base at the Memorial.


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