Lori Piestewa honored on 10 year anniversary of her death

PHOENIX - A sunrise service filled with Native American tradition and military honors marked the 10-year anniversary of the attack that killed Lori Piestewa.

Piestewa was the first Native American woman to die in combat.

She and several others including Jessica Lynch were ambushed in March of 2003 while serving in Iraq. 

Lynch was later rescued.

Lynch attended Saturday's service.

"She was a great friend and a great mother," Lynch said. "I wish everyone had a chance to meet her."

Squaw Peak was renamed Piestewa Peak a few years after her death.

The ceremony also honored other fallen veterans and their families known as "Gold Star" families.

"I'm glad to see the other families here," said Piestewa's father Terry. "This is their mountain too."

Piestewa left behind two children who are now 13 and 14 years old.

 

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