DAR distributes water at annual Piestewa Peak sunrise memorial service

Attendees honored Specialist Lori Ann Piestewa, a U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps Soldier at the 15th Annual Sunrise Memorial Service at Piestewa Peak. (Submitted photo)

Members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Piestewa Peak Chapter distributed over 100 free bottles of water to attendees at the 15th Annual Sunrise Memorial Service at Piestewa Peak Park on Saturday, March 23.

The annual memorial service was started in 2004 to honor fallen Army soldier Lori Piestewa, and has expanded to honor other Arizonans who have died as a result of combat service, according to a press release.

Piestewa Peak Chapter is one of Arizona’s 41 active DAR chapters. It was chartered on Oct. 8, 2016 in north Scottsdale.

The chapter is named after Piestewa Peak, the second highest point in the Phoenix Mountains.

The peak was named for Specialist Lori Ann Piestewa, a U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps Soldier and member of the Hopi Tribe in northeastern Arizona, who was killed in Iraq on March 23, 2003.

Piestewa Peak Chapter DAR members handed out water at the morning service. (Submitted photo)

She was the first female Native American soldier killed in overseas combat.

Several Native American tribes were represented at the memorial service including Navajo, Hopi, and Hualapai. The event included multiple military honor guards, Native American dancers, drummers, singers and speakers, the press release stated.

Attendees included Lori Piestewa’s family and former POWs who served with Lori Piestewa in Iraq.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.

Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War.

With nearly 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.

Go to DAR.org.

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