Honoring Lori Piestewa on the 10th anniversary of her death


by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on March 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 23 at 5:20 PM

PHOENIX -- There was a sunrise memorial service for a military and Native American hero Saturday.
“It's emotionally hard knowing that for the past 10 years I got to live my life and do it without Lori,” said Jessica Lynch, who was with Army Specialist Lori Piestewa when their convoy was ambushed in March of 2003 in Iraq.

Lynch was injured and taken hostage and later rescued by U.S. Special Forces.

Piestewa didn't survive the attack, with Saturday marking 10 years since she was killed.

The 23-year-old died only days after the war started, leaving behind two children.
“She looks down on us every day. It's amazing how things come about in our lives that we either experience or that we know she's there with us and anytime we go anywhere or do anything we know she's with us then,” said Terry Piestewa, Lori’s grandfather.
Piestewa Peak used to be called Squaw Peak. Newly elected Governor Janet Napolitano immediately petitioned to change the name after the soldier’s death and rename it Piestewa Peak.

After some rule adjustments and controversy, Napolitano got the name change.

“Today we thank all of our veterans that are here and of course we thank all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms,” said one of the numerous speakers at Saturday morning’s sunrise memorial service.