Parents share thoughts on their late daughter
11 November 2003
- Spc. Lori Piestewa's parents received thunderous applause
Monday when they told a group of 300 south Phoenix youngsters
that their daughter had Hispanic roots.
and Priscilla Piestewa, whose daughter was killed in March when
her Army unit was ambushed in Iraq, visited Ignacio G. Conchos
Elementary School in the Roosevelt School District to celebrate
Native American heritage month. Lori's children, Brandon
Whiterock, 5, and Carla Piestewa, 3, joined their grandparents,
who answered questions about Hopi culture and their famous
Piestewa said he is sharing memories of his daughter because she
"belongs to the country." Speaking about Lori's legacy
also helps them cope with the grief, he said.
Piestewas say their grandchildren often ask about their mother.
little one saw her mom's picture on the computer one day and she
said, 'Grandma, my mom has been in heaven too long, it's time
for her to come home,' " Priscilla said. "I said, 'You
know, sweetie, God needs your mommy more than we do now. She's
up there taking care of us.' "
visit came a day after NBC aired a made-for-television movie
about the capture and rescue of Jessica Lynch, Lori's best
Tuba City couple said the movie, Saving Jessica Lynch, was in
it was close to what the military told us, what happened in the
ambush, it would have been emotional. But it wasn't," said
Terry, a Vietnam veteran.
Piestewas plan to attend memorial services at Steele Indian Park
today atthe governor's Veterans Day event.
parents told the Conchos students that their daughter was
athletic, enjoyed math and graduated from high school a semester
who is Hispanic, grew up in Tuba City but lived with her cousins
for a year in the Valley.
proud Lori is Hispanic because that's my culture," said
Anthony Altamirano, 12, a sixth-grader.
family was invited to Conchos by Sylvia Gonzalez-Vera, the
attendance clerk at the school and Priscilla's cousin.
creates a coming together, the Hispanic and Native American
coming together as one," Gonzalez-Vera said. "I think
as an historical reference document under the Fair Use doctrine
of international copyright law. http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.html