PFC Lori Piestewa checked her equipment as she along with 240 soldiers with the 507th Maintenance Company as they prepared to board the bus to a waiting plane February 18, 2003 at the rapid deployment facility at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes and Their Families: 10th Annual Lori Piestewa Memorial


On March 22-23, the 10th Annual Lori Piestewa Memorial for Our Fallen Heroes & Families will be held in Arizona. U.S. Army PFC Lori Piestewa was killed in action on March 23, 2003 in Iraq while deployed with the 507th Maintenance Company. She was the first Native American woman to be killed in action while serving with U.S. Armed Forces. 

The weekend honors all those who have fallen, as well as their families. Gold Star families, military families, former POWs, tribal leaders, veterans and supporters will join as family to honor our fallen heroes.

On Friday, March 22, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, a reception and dinner will be held, followed by a candlelight vigil. These events will be held at the Kroc Salvation Army Community Center, 1375 East Broadway, Phoenix.

The following morning, from 6:30 am to 8:30 am, a sunrise memorial for Piestewa and all our fallen will be staged at Piestewa Peak at the Apache Ramada. Parking, though limited, will be a available at Lincoln Heights Church, 2121 East Lincoln Drive. Shuttle service to the memorial will be provided. 

All events are open to the public; traditional or military dress is encouraged.

For more information, contact Julia Barsell at 602-672-2760 or

For the official flyer, click here.

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Anonymous's picture
Submitted by Anonymous on
The memorial at the Heard Museum in Phoenix is a very touching and beautiful tribute to the fallen heroes of the Native American community .

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Submitted by Tekahentakwa - ... on
PFC Lori Piestewa - now walks with Great Spirit, Great Father of Peace and our beloved Saint Kateri.

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Lynn Guy
Submitted by Lynn Guy on
I didn't know lori piestewa,but,I have respect for her courage and to she is true hero and brave person.