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Members of the Ira Hayes American Legion Post 84 color guard standing in front of the National American Indian Veterans Memorial at the Heard Museum

Veterans Day Tribute

In 2012, the Heard Museum opened the Nation’s first memorial to commemorate more than three centuries of American Indian military service. We invite you to join us as we honor the service and sacrifices given to our Nation by American Indian veterans and all those who have served in the Armed Forces.

Veterans plus one guest receive free museum admission all week, from Tuesday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 14.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Nov. 11
1 to 4 p.m.: Live Music by the 108th Army Band & Veteran Artists in the Courtyard

5 p.m.: 9th Annual Veterans Day Sunset Tribute

Featured speakers & special guests:

  • Senator Jamescita Peshlakai (Navajo), Speaker – Honoring Military Families
  • Shirley Pino (Santa Ana Pueblo), Speaker – Family, Community and Military Service
  • Hualapai Bird Singers
  • Traditional Drum
  • Color Guard: Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84

Featured presentations will be followed by a presentation of commemorative medallions to all veterans in attendance and an outdoor reception.

About the featured speakers:

Senator Jamescita Peshlakai (Navajo)
As a young woman, Senator Peshlakai served in the U.S. Army and is a Persian Gulf War veteran. A veterans’ advocate, she spearheaded an initiative to create an independent veterans’ affairs agency for the Navajo Nation and succeeded. She was recently awarded the Copper Star Award by the Unified Arizona Veterans of Arizona for her advocacy. She is currently serving her second term in the Arizona Senate as the state’s first Native American woman senator, representing Legislative District 7.

Shirley Pino (Santa Ana Pueblo)
Shirley Pino is a retired veteran and highly regarded speaker and mentor whose community service includes organizing community events for elders and youth. Her biggest inspiration comes from her late mother, Felicita Pino, well-known for her talent in designing, sewing and embroidering many different types of contemporary and traditional attire. Shirley credits all of her teachings to her late mother, as she taught her the precise, intricate and loving ways to continue sewing with machine and hand needlework.

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Event Details

Thursday, November 11
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Cost: Free

Heard Museum Campus

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