Staff photo by Carol Keefer
Leonard (Lefty) W. Harris who attended yesterday's program served in the 15th Air Force as a gunner during World War II. Born in Clarkdale in 1919, he now resides in Middle Verde.
"We pay honor to veterans who have fought for us over the past 100 years and are currently fighting in Iraq. Many people admire and respect the freedom we have in America but few are willing to go to war to fight for that freedom," Nation Chair Jamie Fullmer said during a special Veterans Day ceremony held outside Native Visions on Nov. 11.
The program included remarks by Vincent Randall, a flag-raising ceremony by retired U.S. Army Master Sgt. Larry Jackson and Marine Corps Sgt. Brian Marquez, singing of the National Anthem and God Bless America by Crystal Tucker, the reading of the names of Nation veterans, and family members laying wreaths.
Speaker Ted Smith Sr., a World War II veteran, said there are 131 Native American Nation veterans who served in the U.S. armed forces.