Praises Piestewa’s ultimate sacrifice

I am writting as a woman Marine Corps veteran to say thank you to the family and nation of Lori Piestewa for her heroic service to our country. She died like a warrior in defense of more than her companions. She gave her life for liberty and to combat the new evil in the world. Native American Tribes have a proud history in our nation’s defense, and now Lori joins the ranks of those who served with honor giving all for a just cause.

I pray for her children and family that they may find the peace of God in the sorrow of loss.

Women who serve in the military are connected by a bond whatever the branch of service. I am proud and honored to call Lori one of my sisters. I will never forget what she has given for the good of the world.

Patricia O’Rourke

U.S. Marine Corps veteran

Newtown, Pa.

Pfc. Lori Piestewa a heroic example

Lori Piestewa, a 22-year-old Hopi woman, had a wonderfully strong smile. Pfc. Piestewa, the mother of two young children, from Tuba City, was with the 507th Maintenance Company ambushed near An Nasiriyah, Iraq. This First American woman was killed in Iraq was a brave American woman — a strong and proud warrior.

Pfc. Lori Piestewa was a Hopi woman living in Navajo land. She is the beloved daughter of Terry and Percy Piestewa of Moenkopi and the much-respected sister of Wayland Piestewa, who speaks for the family.

This First American woman is now the beloved daughter of all Americans. It snowed in Tuba City ... Lori Piestewa’s spirit returning home.

This strong First American woman’s spirit will comfort her family. Lori’s family needs time to grieve for their daughter, sister and mother.

America needs time to grieve for this First American woman killed in the Iraqi war. Now we must see that the First American children of Lori Piestewa have her smile. The children of Pfc. Lori Piestewa must first grow strong in America. These children must learn to use the strong smile of their mother.

America is lucky to have Lori Piestewas who have children with strong smiles. Pfc. Lori Piestewa is no longer missing or just killed in action. Her wonderfully strong smile is carved into the red rock. Lori’s strong smile is also in the white clouds sailing on the blue sky. This First American woman of the Iraqi war gives us her smile.

Thank you, Lori Piestewa. You are a very fine American woman.

Ed Scott

Cedar Crest, N.M.

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