The Heard Museum in Phoenix recently broke ground for a national monument dedicated to American Indian veterans who served their country in many conflicts. The American Indian Veterans National Memorial, a longtime dream of many American Indian veterans’ groups, will be formally opened on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 5 p.m. at the Heard. The museum would like to respectfully invite Color Guards to participate in this opening ceremony. Please call Debra Utacia Krol, Xolon Salinan Tribe, at 602.251.0218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate your attendance.
The Memorial consists of several sizable sculptures by several Native artists, including Chiricahua Apache sculptor Allan Houser (1914-1994). The Houser pieces will be on long-term loan. Also on display will be sculptures by Michael Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo, a Vietnam War veteran who suffered an injury that rendered him blind. Naranjo has been carving his meant-to-be-touched sculptures by feel ever since.
A water feature will complete the Memorial.
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