Hopi Veteran’s Outreach honors Native warriors
HOTEVILLA — It was a celebratory event, honoring Hopi Veterans from several wars, including the Korean War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the ongoing Iraqi conflict.
Veterans Day, Nov. 11, included a gift of an American flag to Army widow, Marlene Rosetta for her husband, Johnny Rosetta’s service to this country. Rosetta’s daughter was also in attendance to accept the flag on behalf of her father.
The Hotevilla Women’s Elderly Group, the Hopi Cultural Center and the Hotevilla Village Administration-Board of Directors prepared the meal, accompanied by musical entertainment, which included a harmonica presentation by Sidney Poolheco and Hopi Butterfly dancers organized by Todd Honyaoma, new Hopi Tribal Vice Chairman elect. EJ Setalla, Armand Fritz, Vietnam Veterans and Stetson Lomayestea provided additional musical entertainment.
Hopi Veterans, Crystal Quanimptewa of Hotevilla and Roderick Duwala of Old Oraibi, both Iraqi veterans executed the Posting of Colors.
Sharon Batala, Hopi Veteran’s Outreach counselor, and Clark Tenakhongva, Hopi Veteran’s Outreach tech counselor at the Hotevilla Youth and Elderly Center at Third Mesa served as hosts and event coordinators.
Hopi Veteran’s Outreach is a federally funded program under the Veterans Administration under the Re-adjustment Counseling Services Vet Center Program.
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