Honoring the past to ensure the future<br><br>

FLAGSTAFF — After surviving tours of duty in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, Navajo warrior Sergeant Lance C. Davison returned home to entrust his family staff for safekeeping to his father, John.

The passing of the staff was one of many National Dedication Day Observance Powwow activities held at Fort Tuthill May 29—certainly an appropriate ceremony for Memorial Day. Attired in his Marine Corps dress blues, Sgt. Davison embraced his father in the presence of other war veterans. Navajo Code Talkers Alfred Peaches, Arthur Hubbard Sr., Lloyd Hubbard (one of the 29 original code talkers) Ted Draper Sr. and Dan Akee were witnesses. Rounding out the group were Thomas Vegas and Bill Beaver, also important veterans of foreign wars honored for their heroic contributions to the people and lands of this nation.

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