Join veterans groups, color guards, performers and speakers at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial on the grounds of the Heard Museum followed by a reception inside the museum’s Steele Auditorium.
The one-hour ceremony begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, with the reception, featuring hors d’oeuvres, immediately following. The ceremony and the reception are free and open to the public. Come early to enjoy the Larry Redhouse Trio performing standard and original compositions combining traditional jazz, Latin and funk in the museum’s Central Courtyard from 1 to 4:45 p.m. Starting at noon American Indian Veteran Artists, Jim Covarrubias, and Edward Yava Sr. will be live painting, also in the Central Courtytard.
At the ceremony, retired Army Lt. Col. Joey Strickland (Choctaw) will be the featured speaker. The color guard for the ceremony will be from the Ira Hayes American Legion Post 84 from Sacaton, Ariz., of the Gila River Indian Community. Jeff Begay (Navajo) will give the invocation.
Performing special tribute songs will be the Thunder Springs Drum Group. Shaylin Shabi (Navajo), Miss Native American USA 2012-13, will sing.
The Native Star Dance Team of New Mexico will perform.
In observance of Veterans Day, on Wednesday, Nov. 11, all U.S. military veterans and active-duty service members and their families will be admitted to the museum free of charge. During the days between the Nov. 8 ceremony and Veterans Day, the Heard will present artist demonstrations by Native veteran artists, performances by Native musicians and more.
This event is part of Native American Recognition Days.