Wounded veteran coming to Scottsdale to honor Lori Piestewa

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Former U.S. Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch is coming to the Valley to honor Arizona hero Lori Piestewa.

Lynch, whose capture and rescue drew international attention during the Iraq War, will serve as Honorary Chair of the 2018 Fiesta Bowl Lori Piestewa National Native American Games, which open at 12 p.m. Friday at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort located at 7200 N. Scottsdale Road.

Piestewa was killed in the ambush of Lynch's vehicle in Nasiriyah, Iraq in 2003. Piestewa, a Hopi from Tuba City, Ariz., was the first Native American woman to die in combat while serving in the military.

"I am proud to see that Lori's legacy lives on through the Piestewa Games," said Lynch, who was awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Prisoner of War Medal by the U.S. Armed Services. "What a fitting tribute to a hero whose purpose in life was to bring people together."

The Piestewa Games, which run from July 20-22, are the largest competition of its kind, with more than 3,000 athletes representing more than 50 tribes across North America.

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