Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa


23, of Tuba City, Arizona.
Killed in action after her convoy was ambushed in Iraq on March 23, 2003. She was assigned to the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Jessica Lynch and Piestewa pose at Fort Bliss, Texas the
day before their deployment to the Middle East in Feb. 2003.


Lori Piestewa Tribute Song - "Now That You Are Home" (MP3 Format, 4.24 MB)

Hi, my name is Chris Price and I'm from Rochester, NY. My friends and I get together every Thurs. night to play music. We're just a bunch of old guys, average age 50, who play guitar for fun. When Lori Piestewa died and her mother said "We're just glad that she's home" my friend Bob Shepherd was so moved he wrote this song in tribute to her. We liked the song so much we pooled our money and went to a studio and recorded it. We sent it to Lori's parents and it's been played on the radio a few times and been featured this Veteran's Day here in Rochester. To make the recording we contacted a Hopi native to get the lyrics right and even added real Hopi drums from a native American CD sample. Hope you like it, and feel free to pass it on or add it to the website, it's 4 meg so it might take a while to download.

The song was written by Bob Shepherd and Jan Gargan. Guitars were Chris Price (12 string), Bob Shepherd 6 string & vocals, Jim Polmeteer 6 string & vocals, Jan Gargan vocals, Gary Chudyk Nashville 6 string, and Robert Blackwood production and recording. The song was recorded at Blackdog Studios in Victor, New York. There is no name for the group, "Old Farts Jam Band" comes to mind.


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"We thank you for your service and remembering you on this day. My heart goes out to all your family and friends.
-Eduardo ( cleaning services Sioux Falls )"
Eduardo R. of Sioux Falls, SD/United States

"Dear Terry and Percy,
My husband Gary Maas and I were so pleased to meet your wonderful family at "Stars In The Desert" so many years ago. I feel bad that we were unable to attend a memorial service for Lori in Washington D.C.
Your family comes to my mind often and I think of Lori each Veteran's Day in particular. She was a brave warrior and a shining star.
Gary has walked on and I am on my own again. I'm sorry to have lost touch with you over the years...I often wonder how you are doing. 💕"
Jane Maas of Center Line, MI U.S.A.

"Proud to have known you Lori and the sacrifice you made for your family, your country, for me, will never be forgotten. You were a kind,gentle soul. I think of you every day. Your bravery and kindness touched my heart when we were in Basic at Ft Sill. You are a true hero."
Brenda Glotfelty Skipper of McHenry, Maryland

"SPC Lori Piestewa = Courageous and brave woman

You brought honor to your family, your tribe, your country and to the military service. May your children be blessed."
Soldier of Camp Humphreys, South Korea

""Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

- I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
- I shall fear only God.
- I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
- I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
- I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
¯ Mahatma Gandhi""
jeffrey k. Heck USAF 82-86 of columbus ohio

"Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa has become the nation’s most recognizable Native American military icon since Ira Hayes helped raise the Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima.

Just ask retired Army Col. Tom Spencer of Hampstead, N.C., about the impact of her death in Iraq.

He flew to Denver on April 9 so he could meet another retired military friend, drive nearly 500 miles to Piestewa’s hometown of Tuba City, Ariz., attend a memorial service for Piestewa on April 11 and donate money to the scholarship fund for her two small children.

“It’s important to pay our soldierly respects,” Spencer said."
jeffrey k. Heck of columbus ohio

"For the family of PFC Piestewa. My deepest condolences." I have read many stories about Lori, she is a great inspiration to many Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and all Americans. One thing some people may not know is I think she may have been able to be medically excempt at the time, but she wanted to go a serve with her unit. America is very proud of her and the rest of the 507th. She fought with pride and honor. Rest in peace."
Jeffrey K. Heck USAF 82-86 of Columbus, Ohio

"For the family of PFC Piestewa. Our deepest condolences.

My Names Ty Warrick. My wife and I are building a retreat for Veterans in Pueblo CO. We would like permission to name one of our cabins after your Daughter in honor of her memory. This honor was recommended through a Veteran Group. I will leave my email address for your consideration. www.paintedspirits.com"
Tyler Warrick of Denver, Co

"To the Piestewa family, I followed your story when the tragedy happen and my heart went out to your family. At that time 9-11 had happen and my son was in middle school & in Jrotc and had already decided he was going to be in the USMC, he wanted to help catch the bad guys. 6-21-09 my son joined the USMC and the adventure began. He did all that was required of him, done his 1st tour and came home safe and sound,but then he volunteered for a 2nd tour in Oct. 2011 on 12-7-11, I recieved the call...he had been shot by a sniper. I lost my son LCpl. Christopher Phoenix-Jacob Levy on 12-10-11, so I know your family's pain. We are members of the Lumbee tribe in NC and we understand the sacrifices our Native people have given over the years. I just wanted to send this note to let you know you have never been forgotten by our family or the Lumbees and what a wonderful thought to know that Lori and Jacob & many other ancestors are planning an awesome powwow for the rest of us. God Bless your family and thank you for your sacrifice not just as a soldier, but a mom, and a Native woman."
Amanda Jacobs Sheek of Ramseur, NC

"Lori is a national hero. She embodies everything noble about being an American hero. I am so sad she is gone from this life and her family. And I hate the senseless war that took her life. Lori , like so many before answered her countrys call and paid with her life and her family's future. This young woman must never be forgotten. Her story has inspired me for years and i will do all in my power in her name to help stop this useless waste of life by our Government. Lori is a national hero. Her family and people can be so proud of her."
wade dunleavy of yakima wa usa

"Off and on through the years since you left to be a Guardian Angel for your family I have looked up any new stories on you and Jessica. I watched with my children and tissues in hand when a new home was built for your family. I myself was in the United States Navy. I know first hand what it was like to be a mom in the service. When your Companies story first aired in my home town of Salem, Oregon it scared everyone. We our selves had a former Oregonion in trouble too. I also had never heard of a Female Service member being in trouble. I prayed you both would come home safe. But God had plans for you Lori. He needed a special Angel to watch over your family to be their Guardian. He chose you. In the Navy when s Service Member passes away we say something that has a lot of Honor.
" To Lori Piestewa and all the other Service members and Comrades who lost their lives fighting for our Freedom, I saw Fair Winds and Following Sea's!" Thank you for your Service to our Nation you sacrificed the most, you gave your lives defending our Country."
Helen of Salem,Oregon,USA

"Your are remembered and loved. I honor you as my Hero."
Mark of Missouri

"A reminder that memories are with us forever. Bless Lori Piestewa and her family and all those who have bravely gone forward. We do not forget.
Wakan Tanka: take care and have pity."
Iktomi Kumtux of Tulalip, WA USA

"Hello, I want to say that I'm sorry to have heard about Lori, you see I wrote a song for Jessica just after she was rescue and I'm writing one about Lori Titled The Hopi Warrier It will be awhile until I can get it to music as I don't get much money a month so I try to have one song done at a time I'm having one recorded now titled "The Forgotton Vets". I'd love to get in touch by e-mail so I can see that they have a copy of the song for Lori and the one for Jessica. my e-mail is rattlesnakeparsons9@gmail.com. All our soldiers are Hero's and I love writing songs and some are about our soldiers. Hope to hear from Lori's famile, I and my wife Charlene are in Quartzsite for the winter and will travele to other places the RV is our home."
Don Parsons of Quartzsite Az PO Box 575, 85346

"Pfc. Lori Piestewa and all Service personel from all countries of the free world, I stand and salute you all, for if it was not for your sacrifices this planet that we live on today would be a whole lot worse.

My heart goes out to all that have been affected by the loss of a serving loved one."
Carl Witcombe of South Wales, United Kingdom

"I climbed Piestewa Peak in Phoenix today with my older sister who was visiting me, and I explained to her who Lori Piestewa was. It's hard to believe it's already been 7 years and 7 months since Lori gave the ultimate sacrifice - her life. We need to keep telling Lori's story to honor this brave native American hero."
Dwight Karlsen of Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you just isn't enough. I will always remember you. My prayers are for those whom you loved and those who loved you."
A Choctaw Sister of Mesquite, TX

"From One Mother to Another:
Your sacrifice will never be forgotton!
I carried your picture for years until it became to tattered to hold.
It sits now in my scrapbook,
where I see it often enough to remind
me of the love of country and family!
Your nation remembers you!"
Laura of Eugene Oregon

"god bless you and your family..... you are what this country should be fighting for. truth, honor, faith, and goodwill.."
shannon of louisiana

"When I heard about her passing I cried. But we all know she is always with where ever we may go in life watching us, protecting us, and guiding us in our long journey of life that the creator has made for us. I know you are watching us right now Lori just remember that we miss you and wish you still here with us. Go with the sun and moon show us right from wrong"
Frank Apachito of Tuba City, Az

"We ALL Love you Lori!!!!!! thank you for all you did... Okla. will NEVER forget you!!!!"
Sonny Flute of Apache, Oklahoma

"To Lori and Family,
Thank you so much sister for guiding me in and out of Iraq. I have thus survived two tours and do not plan to return. I prayed to our spirits above and remembered you in prayer always. I had a bracelet made with your name on it and wore it with pride and the great spirit that helped guide me along the path. I have safely returned and would like to say "thank you" again for your help downrange. "Goo meh" (be brave) to all of your family members and to ALL the NATIVE AMERICANS who will hopefully return from Iraq safely....
SFC DeJesus (Laguna Pueblo) stationed in Ft. Bliss, TX 14 Mar 10"
SFC Demetria DeJesus of El Paso, TX

"I saw what extreme make over did for her family, that's how i met Lori, we need more people like her!!! Love for her family and friends from people of Dominican Republic.."
Arianny Brenes of Santiago, Dominican Republic

"she was a grat porson"
vannessa of az

"Lori your Extreme Ultimate Sacrifice will always remain fresh in my memory. You will never be forgotten and your passing will not be in vain. Your children and parents and the rest of your family remain in my prayers each and every day. May they have the strength to carry on and live each day to the fullest! God Bless You, Lori!"
Amy Jaquez of Allen South Dakota

"Forgive me for not laving a post earlier - I just found this webpage. I wish to echo the sentiments and expressions already posted. There has not been a day pass by that I don't think of Lori (I had picutre in my office from 2003 until I retired last year). I was accepted for a position and came within couple of weeks of moving to Tuba City in Dec 2000, but could not find place to live close by. I continually describe Tuba City, and PFC Piestewa to anyone and everyone I know and ask them to be thankful and say a prayer also. As important as her service and sacrifice was, she serves equally as a symbol of family love and evotion and caring that we should all strive to meet. May you rest in peace and watch over us all."
Jim of Atlanta

"Dear, Lori Piestewa Family
Today December 29th 2009 I watched the show Extreme Makeover Home Edition and the whole Episode was of your family and how it was a dream of Lori that you and her two kids were to be taken care of and that you got to live in your's and her's dream home and that the Extreme Home Makeover people was able to make that dream come true for Lori seeing that she was not able to make it back to have it come true her self. I just would like to say it couldn't have happend to a better and loving family as you, also i would like to exstend my sympathy to you and the rest of the family it's very sad that it had to happen to someone so young full of life and also had a very long life to live. I would like to thank Lori Ann Piestewa and the rest of your family for what you and her have had to give up just for the rest of the americans here in the U.S. to be able to have the freedom that we have. THANK YOU!"
Lance Sterling of Silver City, New Mexico

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

"my name is sgt stewart chief and currently on my 4th rotation in iraq.I'm was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation.I graduated from Tuba City High School in 1997. I deployed out of FT. Hood,TX the same PFC Piewestiwa did.I find out a couple weeks later that she was killed while in iraq. All i could do at that time was say a prayer for her that she did not suffer too much and that she was home. There was a Navajo who was killed in Aganistan not too long ago. My condolences go out to the two families of these soldiers. Im proud to serve alongside my native brothers and sisters."
SGT Chief of JSS Shraquat, Iraq

"I just saw Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and saw the home that was built for Lori's parents and children. I was so touched by her story. The spiritual presence of Lori and what God has created was amazingly obvious on the show. I was touched by the spirituality that this family conveyed. I wanted to thank ALL the troops and veterans for serving our country.

I wanted to send my prayers and letting Lori's family know they're not alone. We will always remember those who have given their lives for us. Thank You!"
Sister of a Veteran of Chicago, IL

"I just for the first time heard of Lori unfortunate death. I help support our troops in many ways and also honor their sacrifices also i would like to send you or present you with a very personal flag if you have not already,,its called the "HONOR AND REMEMBER", flag designed here in Virginia. please call if you would like one, sincerely don 757/285/6672 our site is honorandremember.org"
Don Belew of Chesapeake va.

"I am from the Lakota tribe in South Dakota. I was in Iraq and I was 2 miles behind the convoy your daughter was in. I heard the gun fire and I really wanted to go and fight, I did not know what was going on but I feel if I wasn't a PFC at the time I could have been there. I later found out that a Native American died and I felt terrible. I am sorry I could not help. My name is Maybeline Bad Yellow Hair. I am sure she is proud of the sacrifice she made for her and her children."
Maybeline Bad Yellow Hair of Rome, NY (South dakota always home)

"I add my voice in remembering your loved one as Memorial Day 2009 arrives. America will not forget the sacrifices made by our troops. Nor will we forget that each one had families and friends who mourn their loss."
Sandy Floyd of Ardmore, OK, USA

"You are not forgotten...!!"
A1C Thomas of Vandenberg AFB, CA

"Love familie Piestewa! I pursue theirs aktionen for theirs in Iraq around live come daughter Lori with very big respect! With big condolence and constant thoughts of her Lori I wish them and above all also Loris children everything good for the future."
Jens of Wilhelmshaven, Germany

"After all this time, i still feel your in the air i breath and are watching me somehow. In your spirit and honor, i strive to be a better soldier everyday....thank you Lori.."
SGT Veronica Arquette of Seoul, SOUTH KOREA

"ASKWALI LORI PIESTEWA,
I AM A HOPI NATIVE IN THE ARMY, AND I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PEOPLE. YOU ARE MY HERO! MY INSPIRATION!AND A TRUE WARRIOR OF OUR HOPI TRIBE AND TO ALL THE NATIVE AMERICAN PEOPLES THAT YOU HAVE INSPIRED!! YOU ARE TRULY MISSED!
ALL MY HOPES AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!"
ALEXANDRIA BAREHAND of SHUNGOPAVI, AZ/USA

"In the Bible in John 15:13 it says, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Surely Lori paid the ultimate price for her friends and country with her life. For that we are all eternally grateful."
Barbara Bendel of Fort Hood, Tx

"i could never be brave enough to do something for my country but Lori did and i thank her for ever coming to this earth.nights i cried knowing that a soilder was gone again but to this day a send her all my condolences and to her family im sorry for your lost you have one great daughter, sister, and granddaughter."
bernell joe of Pinon, Az

"i could never be brave enough to do something for my country but Lori did and i thank her for ever coming to this earth.nights i cried knowing that a soilder was gone again but to this day a send her all my condolences and to her family im sorry for your lost you have one great daughter, sister, and granddaughter."
Marlena Dempsey of Pinon, Az

"To you Lori, RIP
My heart is touched when I see your pictures. Not only of you but of your family, your children. Although you are not here physically, I know you are here in spirit and want to give you my graditude. THANK YOU. You have given Native American Woman pride and honor. We love you girl!"
Jacqueline King of Albuquerque, NM USA

"TODAY I CRIED IN LONGING FOR YOU.... WHEN I GOT TO SEE MOM AND DAD AGIAN OMG LORI YOU SHOULD OF SEEN THE BLESSING YOU BROUGHT TO US TODAY...IT WAS LIKE YOU WHERE THERE IN GRANDMA'S HOUSE AGIAN WHILE WE ALL LAUGHED AGIAN TALKING ABOUT YOU AND WHAT WE USE TO DUE WHEN WE WHERE ALL LITTLE. WOW CARLA MY NIECE LOOKS SO MUCH LIKE YOU I CRIED WHEN I GOT TO HOLD YOUR KIDS FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY AND I SAW YOU IN THEM.. REMBERING WHAT YOU LOOKED LIKE WHEN WE WHERE THAT SMALL AND BRANDON MY NEWPHEW LOOKS SO MUCH LIKE DADDY TERRI. IT FELT SO GOOD SEEING ARE FAMILY ALL TOGETHER AGIAN YOU SHOULD OF SEEN IT LORI IT WAS BEAUTIFUL...MAMAH ENYU MAH. SO WHEN THE RAIN CAME AND FELL UPON ACOMA TODAY I KNEW MY PRAY HAD GOTTEN ANSWERED BY YOU AND GRANDMA LOOKING DOWN ON ALL OF US AND SAYING IT'S ABOUT TIME.. WE ALL SAT AROUND THE TABLE AGAIN MAKING NEW MEMORIES...
THANK YOU SO MUCH !! FOR THE BLESSING YOU BROUGHT TODAY...
REMEMBER THAT WE AS A FAMILY WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND ALWAYS REMEMBER THE BEAUTIFUL GIFTS AND LESSONS THAT YOU CONTINUE TO TEACH US EACH DAY....
WITH LOVE FRM YOUR HOME UP IN THE SKY...
AND FRM YOUR CONTIONUS FAMILY ON THE ACOMA AND NAVAJO SIDE
THE KEENE & KIE FAMILY"
YOUR SISTER Darreth Keene of ACOMA PUEBLO, NM

"I remember. So do many others. Your spirit is free and pushes the clouds along to remind us of you still. Peace to your family and loved ones. And I thank them for the card they mailed me. I treasure it and will have it until may spirit, also, flies through the clouds."
Obbop of Missouri

"I'm an Alaskan Native that lived in Arizona in 2003, I remember watching the war unfold on CNN. and then seeing this young woman, Lauri Piestewa, that was only two years older than myself, with her face plastered on TV, because she was missing. I hoped and prayed that she would come back okay, but when it's your time to go with our savior, it's time. It's five years later and I'm married to a serviceman. But I haven't forgotten you. Thank You. You are missed by all."
Dalarie of Federal Way, WA

"Lori,
you have made Native Americans all over this country proud of your accomplishments. Lori you made the ultimate sacrifice for your country and your family. You will never be forgotten and no one dies in vain. Being half Native American and half Mexican I know the struggles you have faced and the hardships you have endured. Many Native Americans have left the reservations and made names for themselves in the big cities. We quietly work behind the scenes to make it known of the hardships endured daily on the reservations across this great country.I am damn proud to be Native American and no one can take that away from us ever! Lori,you are an inspiration to every Native American in this country. You will not be forgotten. When my kids read of the hardships endured by Native Americans in this country over the years, they realize they can only make it better for the future generations of Native Americans through education and standing up for what they believe is right. Lori, God Bless you and your kids always. "For those who believe no explanation is necessary, for those who do not believe no explanation is possible""
Pete of Los Angeles,California

"ASKWALI LORI!!!Your such an honor to us Hopis n all other Natives out here...we all know your watching over us and help in guiding our way to do right.....i have so much rspect for you...and your children as well as other family...maybe ill meet them out home sometime...but uhm i just thankyou for going over seas and fighting for us...if not you then whoelse is gonna do it!same for all other over there and that fought in our past wars...i too will be enlisted in the military soon defending us Natives and our people and our land! you will be, you are in my heart, my thought, my soul...so to your family everysingle one even if your not born yet,,,i give you my prayers, my love. so askwali and your are greatly greatly missed...but you not gone just yet your still with us....FOREVER!!!"
Regina Wilson of Kykotsmovi, AZ/ Los Angeles, CA

"Love and Respect to Lori Piestewa and to her immediate and extended family"
Brian, Mississippi Choctaw of Kansas

"I need to contact Lori's family for her picture and her mothers picture to be sculpted on the gold star mothers monument in wash. DC please contact me at alc199@comcast.net This monument must have american Indian representation!"
andrew chernak of springfield, pa.

"To Lori's Family, Clan, and Nation, We were talking about Lori in our Native American Scholarship class at SUNY at Buffalo. We were saying how she was neglected by the press in favor of her little blond friend, Jessica Lynch, who was also a soldier after all. I began gathering information on Lori's legacy last year. Now I find even more, and I see that she has been honored in better ways, by her community and her Nation. The ways of the People are better than national attention and her memory will be preserved in story. I'm happy for that."
Nancy Titus Napierala of Buffalo, NY, USA

"To Lori's family:
Endure hardship like a good soldier of Jesus Christ. This verse if for Lori, and it is also for you.
Lori's service is appreciated by her country. Your loss is felt by many Americans. Please accept my deepest sorrow. My brother is Missing in Action since 1973 in Southeast Asia.
Sincerely, Barbara White, sister of MIA Captain Samuel Larry James"
Barbara White of Huntsville, Alabama

"Dear Lori,
You are a true Warrior. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. God bless your family and our Country.
With honor, respect, gratitude and love!"
Peggy Moore of Philadelphia, Pa.

"Dear Lori,
You are an inspiration to all us hopis. I'm Related to you by clan. I just want to say You are in all our hearts.
Love,Your Little Cuzin Sio"
Sio of Gilbert,Az

"I know we never met but i feel like i knew you all my life.not a day goes by that i dont think about you.and the loss your family must feel.i just want you to know that you were not alone when that awful thing happened to you.And you are not alone now a nation carries on your name as i do and i will never ever forget the name piestewa.a good strong name for a good strong woman.so god bless you until we meet again in the circle of life."

"I WANTED TO SEND MY CONDOLENCES TO THE PIESTEWA FAMILY. I DID NOT KNOW THIS SITE WAS UP SO I AM SORRY FOR THE DELAY IN MY CONDOLENCES.
I PRAY THAT THE CREATOR WATCHES OVER YOU ALL AND THAT BRANDON AND CARLA ALWAYS KNOW THEIR MOTHER IS WITH THEM IN THE WIND THAT BLOWS.
THANK YOU FOR RAISING SUCH A STRONG WARRIOR. SHE GAVES THIS NATION THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND HAS BEEN REWARDED IN THE NEXT WORLD.
IN SPIRIT, ANGEL, AYIANNA AKA SUNSET GIRL AND JAYDEN"
BJ ANGEL JONES of HONOLULU, HI

"I am the librarian at Forest Oak Middle School in MD and for the morning announcements in honor of Veterans Day, I chose to honor Lori Ann so that the students here will know of the great sacrifice she gave as a Native American, a woman and a mother. I created today's show with tears in my eyes and hope that my students and those around the world do not forget her."
Michelle Alexander of Columbia, MD, USA

"i am native from navajo from holbrook arizona and was touch'd from this tribute..GOD BLESS!!"
Jackie of Holbrook, AZ USA

"Remembering with you the life of someone so dear."
Shirley Billingsley of Huntsville, AL

"SHE NOW WALKS THE STREET OF PHOENIX, ARIZONA."
vanessa GRAYCE of PHNX,AZ

"her children will be very proud of their mother she is an hero to our native american people.....i am very proud of her and she is an hero to me!!"
tesla tebe of wewoka, ok

"To the family of Lori Piestewa:
Words cannot express the sympathy that I feel for y'all. I pray that the Creator be with you always, especially Lori's children. I, too, am a single, Native American mother. Lori, I pray that you are in paradise because that is where heroes belong. You mean a lot to all Natives, especially us women. You showed the world how strong Native women can be, despite the hardships that we face. Peace be with you and your family always!"
Rhiannon M. Cummins of Lodge Grass, MT USA

"To the Piestewa Family,

I thank you and honor you for the sacrifice Lori made for our country. All these years later when I think of her it brings tears to my eyes. I pray for you and the children she left behind and hope to visit her mountain someday.

God Bless you."
Douglas Dubick of Denton, Texas United States of America

"To the Piestewa Family, you don't know me nor I you but in 2003 when I heard of Lori's story about being the first Native American Indian Woman to die in combat I was so moved by her story. For so long the Indian People have faught and died for this country. Now Lori is the first indian woman to be honored as a "Warrior". So Awesome. So in 2003 I went to herobracelets.org and was the first to order tags and a bracelet in her honor. I still wear them today. Just wanted to let you know that Lori Ann Piestewa will never be forgotten by this country and it's many people. God Bless You and Yours."
Janice Walsh of Austin Texas USA

"J'ai depose un article sur "Lori Ann Piestewa"
Sur mon forum ainsi que trois forum d'ancien de la legion etrangere. Ce qui est arrive a"Lori Ann Piestewa" nous a  touche au font de notre coeur. Nous les anciens legionnaires qui avons servis un peu partout dans le monde ou la france avez bession de nous. Nous sommes fiere de ce soldat "Lori Ann Piestewa" Qui malgre quelle avait deux enfants à repondu present quand son pays la apeller pour ce battrela-bas.
En temps que ancien legionnaire du 2eme REP,2me condoleance a  cette famille meurtrie dans le plus profond d'elle memes.
Pour avoir ete souvent au feu, je comprend le deuil de cette famille.
Amitee legionnaire
Ex : Cpl Boulet frederic
Mle : 178974
Forum : http://ancien-legionnaire.xooit.info
site : http://ladder.fr"
Boulet frederic of Nimes /france

"May 28, 2007 (Memorial Day)
To the family of Lori Ann Piestewa. Lori gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"May the Creator watch over you and yours.

As a tsalagi woman war veteran, I wish to share the following cultural tradition from my people, the Cherokee.

"Beloved Woman: The Beloved Women (Ghigua) were chosen by each clan to attend the Council of Women yearly. They were chosen for their bravery in battle or outstanding qualities, and it was the highest honor they could receive. The Ghigua headed the Council of Women and held a voting seat in the Council of Chiefs. The Ghigua was given the responsibility of prisoners and would decide their fate. She also had the right to be her people's sage and guide. Another of the Beloved Woman's duties was as ambassador, or peace negotiator (Nancy Ward was the last tsalagi Ghigua.)"

Lori Ann, I believe in spirit, you have become a Ghigua to all who knew you or know of you. You have inspired many by your service & sacrifice, as well as your legacy. May your family find peace in this."
Stephanie "Wadaduga" McCalister of Windsor MO USA

"Lori,
I was so very honored to be invited and attend the memorial your family arranged in Phoenix for the fallen of other mother's. It was the most moving and spiritual event I have been to. Your family is amazing and so are the people around them.I saw your friend Jessica's baby and was able to attend a Vet;s Pow Wow. My friend,s The 9th Memorial Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers were there for support. I know you watch over your family and your litle daughter and son. I met her and she is so beautiful. My son Spencer was also killed in 2003 in Iraq and he watches over me. God bless you and your family I pray. I am a better person for having met your family. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.
With Love and honor,"
Bridget Madison of Morongo Valley, CA

"Lori it has been too long. Your memory lives on and you children are thought of all the time. Every day that goes on I think of you and how proud you have made me to be a Native Woman. I have a young daughter and she will know who you are and what you have done for our contry and our people. May God keep you close and people remember you forever. To your family, you are in my prayers and in my heart forever. May the creator be with you."
Rosalee J. of Salem, Oregon/USA

"It's been 4 years since Lori Ann left this world. I have come to an understanding that her death was not in vain. Lori Ann lives on through her children, Brandon & Carla. I have met her parents and her children, have held their hands and hugged them. I would have not met these beautiful people if not for Lori Ann's extreme sacrifice. As our ancestors have told us there is a place we go to when we leave this world, a much better place. I find comfort knowing that Lori Ann is safe from harm there. I know she's watching over her children and other family members. I know this from my heart and mind after 4 years had passed. I continue to hold the Piestewa family close to my heart and believe that Lori Ann does live on in spirit. I just wanted to let Percy and Terry know that my family continues to pray for you and we'll never forget you. God Bless You. By the way, my son (USMC) served 2 tours in Iraq and is home now. My son in law (USMC) is home too after serving 2 tours in Iraq. Thank You."
The Tallman Family in Allen South Dakota, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of Allen South Dakota

"I still remember.

May your spirit wend gently across the hills, soar through the clouds and across the mighty oceans.

May your loved ones feel you in the breeze upon their faces and their grief be eased by your presence."
Obbop of Omaha NE

"After seeing extreme makeover: Home edition then doing some reading I feel that American citizens are right to be proud and grateful to this young woman. She made the difficult decision to join the army then another difficult decision to go to Iraq. She new her job and from what i read in the rolling srones article was determined to carry it out! This lady should be an inspiration to all women. To Lori Piestewa's family you had a wonderful daughter. xx"
Karen of Dundee, Scotland

"Thank you for the sacrifice of your beautiful daughter.May Lori remain alive in your hearts forever.

Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there,

I do not sleep;
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on the snow;
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle rain.

When you waken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave.
I am not there.
I did not die.

For everything beautiful that you see
will bring a memory of me.

I wish only the best for you all and may Brandon and Carla grow to be wonderful adults."
Lyn of United Kingdom

"I did not know Lori personally,and although it may seem like forever for her family, I find it hard to beleive that it has been 4 years today since her falling. I will always remember this soldier Lori Piestewa, and thank her and the others out there that have committed themselves to fight for our freedom! I too am a single mother of 3, and worry often on what would I do to protect my children in the event that war happened here on our soil. My heart goes out to her children and other family memebers that must miss her dearly.

I SALUTE YOU LORI ANN PIESTEWA TODAY, TOMORROW AND ALWAYS.

God Bless America!!!!!"
Sandra King of Tucson, AZ

"Dear Lady Worrior,
I didn't know who you were till the day i heard about you on the news. My heart went to you and for your family...most of all your son and daugther. You stood up to the challenge as a single mom and what you felt was right for them...to have the couarge the stand tall as a single mother. Even if it meant having to say goodbye. You are an insperation to me as a native american woman and a single mother. You've helped me find the strenght to find the courage in myself to stand tall, be brave, and have the courage to make it as single mom to 5. I have but 1 girl, my youngest, and she will defenatlly know who and what a true "Lady Worrior" you are. To your son, daughter and family my prays are with you, God Bless you always!"
lupe of phoenix,arizona

"Loving Memory of Lori Piestewa."
Ronni of Sisseton,SD/U.S

"To Lori, what an amazing woman you are. You will always be remembered as the hero you are. I am proud to have you as a sister. I am a Veteran of Vietnam. Bless you and your family."
JMY Female US Army Vet of ARIZONA

"To all those left behind. We recently saw the Lori Ann Piestewa story on Extreme Makeover Home Edition for the last two weeks.
Words can not begin to express how we feel for Lori's parents and children. For what they recieved, all we can say is that Lori is with them in heart, and spirit. Each day guiding them, showing them. Lori's children will grow to be remarkable people.

Please always know that Lori and her family are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

With Much Love,

Ashley & Greg
bestfamily@telkomsa.net"
Ashley & Greg Best of Durban, South Africa

"In an effort to find out more about my tribe, the Hopi, I found you and many websites including the story of how you passed away. It brought tears to my eyes...I was touched because I too am half latina and Hopi, I served 6 years in the AF and was also at Tulil AFB at one point during the war. It is truly an honor to know your story and your sacrifices...peace be with your children and your family. God Bless."
Sosha- Red two-spirit of Sacramento, CA, USA

"LORI ANN PIESTEWA, saw your name on the wall at TULIL AFB,IRAQ, never met you but know you all the same and will always remember you and your heroic contribution, warriors always. Choctaw, Seminole. GOD BLESS."
ALEX ROWE of OAKLAND, CALIF.

"There was a skiff of snow on the Hualapai Mountains the other day.
Every time I see the slight snow here in Arizona, I think of you, Lori.
It doesn't seem like more than three long years.
You are still in our hearts, and in our prayers, Warrior Woman."
N.C. RunningWolf of Indian Country, Arizona, USA

"I Have completed a Quilt in Honor of Lori Piestewa. It can be seen at htpp://lion_sheart.tripod.com
I just have a few minor stitches then it will be complete.
I am searching for a way to have it delivered to the Piestewa family."
Rhyanna S DeTuathana of Albany, OR USA

"As we traveled thru the desert land,I see people walking,coming out from distances, waving at our convoys, throwing our MRE's to them, but beyond all that, my thoughts shifted to the ambush of Lori's convoy. It put a knot in the throat, tears did flow with in me,as I stared, loss focus of where I was at the moment, I gazed into the distances,to the east to the city of Nasiriyah,it was a sad feeling, the memories was there,the presence was there as we traveled back south to Kuwait.I will remember her sacrifice,her toughness to fight as a Native American Indian,I am proud of her and all that gave some,some gave all. I was with the 1115th Trans.Company out of Taos,NM 2004-2005.
May god bless Lori's children and her family."
SSG Murphy of Houck,AZ/USA

"God bless Lori and her family."
David Owens of Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar

"people do things there are not proud of , this was one of the things you can be proud of... give your all in the face of death..."
singlen8tivedude of bemidji

"thank u i luv u 4 what u stood 4 us my kids thank u i thank my whole rez thankz u may u rest in pest my gurl much luv tina"
tina of minnnesota

"I climbed Piestewa Peak today, and thought of Lori's sacrifice. God bless her and her family. Rest in peace and honor Lori."
ken of Mesa

"hello, could you please give me an address to send a gift to show my grauditude for your family. i am 16 years old and i have a brother and a sister and they are both smaller than me and my mothers in the national guard, and i think i might know how you would feel if i lost my mother and i have to be a full parent to my two little sibblings. you can contact me at arizonasouthsidegirl@yahoo.com or my mailing address in 820 elmont road, sullivan, mo, 63080,and my name adelita crispina keith
hope to here from you soon. P.S. WHAT KIND OF TOYS WOULD THE KIDS LIKE???"
adelita of sullivan missouri 63080

"A true Courageous Gallant Lady, my deepest sympathy to her children and family. The Hopi Nation should be very proud of Lori Piestewa for she has shown what it is to be a True American."

"to the piestewas and whom it may coincearn
first off iwant you to know that iwas deeply sadden and mad when iheard of lori's death and ijust want uto know that her death was not in vain as long as we are there and finish the job we started to help iraq get its self off the ground and take care of its self and help us rid the world of terroism her sacerface will ialways be meaningful my condolences go 2u and your family and lories kids
Im headed to iraq in oct these r my thoughts and feelings on wats going on
"Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by terrorists who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001? Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania? Did nearly five thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they? And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was "desecrated" when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet? Well, * the koran I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden and all his allies are dead for incinerating all those innocent american people on 9/11. I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia. I'll care when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi tells the world he is sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat. I'll care when the cowardly so-called "insurgents" in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques. I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs. I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights. In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave solider,airman,sailer , or marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't give a *. When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can bet that I don't give a * When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed "special" food that is paid for by mine and your tax dollars, it makes me sick."
PFC GREEN, PATRICK of PHOENIX, AZ/ FORT HOOD, TX

"To Lori:...I thank you for your sacrifice and your service to protect us in this time of need...You are a true warrior!...May you rest in peace.
This poem is for you...(even though it talks about a man, it still signifies you and all our fallen soldiers)

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.


"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"


The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.


I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.


But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.


And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.


I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.


There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.


"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."


~Author Unknown~"
Judy of NC, USA

"Lori,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldiers from your convoy who were killed in that ambush for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I am from El Paso and I remember watching your interview on KFOX-TV before your unit deployed and then a little over month later hearing of your unit being ambushed. I watched the memorial service for you and your fellow soldiers on television and it was very moving."
Mike C. of El Paso, TX

"Dear Lori,
Please help guide me and protect me as I am getting ready to deploy to Iraq. Your spirit lives on in our Native World. "Goo-meh" (Be Brave)"
SSG DeJesus (Laguna Pueblo, NM) of Fort Leavenworth, KS

"I am taking this sad oportunity to send my sincere condolences to the families of Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, Army Sgt. Lee D. Todacheene, and to great Navajo people. I hope we create peace all over the world and live in respect to all indigeous people."
Paul of Delft, Netherlands

"Lori...to years ago me and my sister hiked Piestewa Peak, placed corm meal on the ground and silently wept for you. We prayed for you and your family...asked the spirits to guide you home. My sister leaves to Iraq November of this year...she will carry your picture with her thus giving her strenght to endure her assignment there. When i look at the sky i see your face and know that you are home singing and dancing in our traditional world. Every morning i pray to the sun and throw corn pollen asking for your strength and honor...i admire you and respect your soul. You will never be forgotten...we met your family in Phoenix and my sister (SSGT. Demetria DeJesus/Laguna Pueblo)posted your flag at a ceromony for the Arizona Fallen Soldiers it was an honor to be in the presence of your family...got to hug your kids. I cherish that day and often look at the pictures we took of your family...your mom and dad were great. Carla looks so much like you. Your memory is forever embedded in my heart...may your spirit live on!"
Carlene of Laguna Pueblo, NM

"I am a solder here at Ft Carson CO, Im im transition to Iraq. I cant say enough thanks you to Lori and her family. She gave something that most women cant give to a cause witch is themselve THANK YOU BLESS YOU ALL"
THOMSPON of FT CARSON CO ELPASO

"I came across your name somewhere with a link here. I never knew you, Lori, and that will always be my loss. Thank you for all you sacrificed. May God keep your family in His loving arms."
Jeannie Turner of Winston-Salem, NC USA

"happy fourth of july lori. i miss you, thank you for serving so proudly. I can't believe its been 3 years. I love you."
Nikki of Tulsa

"Lost One
I heard the news today
Another Indian maiden has gone away
Someone's heart is broken
Others are crying and they have not spoken
Her future is gone
But her legacy will live on
Death has hit the household
With a crushing blow
Be there for those who survive
Be glad they are alive
Help them to go on
For we will see the one who left in the great beyond."
Vicki Browneagle of Wi

"LORI, CAN'T BELIEVE THREE YEARS HAD GONE BY... I REMEMBER YOU AS IF IT WAS YESTERDAY. I THINK ABOUT THE SUMMER OF 94, WHEN I FIRST MET YOU AT NAIUP PROGRAM. YOU REALLY INSPIRE ME AND I TRULY MISS YOU. YOU ARE A BRAVE WOMAN AND YOUR FAMILY ARE LUCKY. WE ALL MISS YOU AND I WELL NEVER FORGET YOUR NAME. MY condolences GOES OUT TO YOUR CHILDREN AND ALL YOUR LOVE ONES. LIKE WHAT OZZY SINGS, I'LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE. MUCH LOVE MY FRIEND."
MALINDA of PHOENIX, AZ USA

""We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared. So that we may always be free." God bless the family of Lori Ann Piestewa. Your daughter gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us."
Chrisy of Denver

"To the Piestewa Family,You can gather strength knowing your daughter died doing what she loved, Defending your country.She will always be a hero to all who know her and those who like myself have only just read.My thoughts and prayers are with you and her children.I am an ex Australian soldier and i am so proud of Lori"
Colin Green of Auckland ,New Zealand

"May your children grow to be strong with your loving spirit "Lady Warrior". Rest in peace. You are a true hero and a credit to your people and America.
Thank you for your service to our country."
Judy of Indiana

"She wasn't born a hero, but she made the choice,
To do what others won't or don't, led by an inner voice,
She was willing to go though the stakes were high
Knowing the price of sacrifice, and that
SOMETIMES HEROES DIE!

Thank you Lori! Rest in Peace!"
doug brzak of Farmington Hills, MI

"We still remember. You will be honored for a long long time.

Rest peacefully honorable warrior."
obbop of USA

"We keep your photo and link on our home webpage so you will never be forgotten. Your life on earth was short but your memory and your spirit lives on each day. A true Warrior lady whom we are proud to call an American of these United States of America!
<<>>Mitakuye Oyasin<<>>"
Margie of Texas

"A hee'ee' (thank you) Lori for sacrificing and continuing to bring about great recognition to us Native Veterans (both past and present). To PFC Lynch, you are a wonderful example of what it is to be a true friend to Natives in times of tears. A hee'ee'"
Malcolm (Diné- Lewis & Clark Law School) of Portland, Oregon

"R.I.P. my fellow solder on the 3 year anniversary, we will never forget."
adam mcmurdy of m.v., c.a.

"Back in the sixties, when I was very young, I came to Tuba City as a stranger, Lori, and a family took me in and shared what they had. There were 14 people in a two-room house and they were kind and gave me a bed and fed me. The next day I traveled on to California where my family lives. My fondest hope now is that the rest of America will someday rise to be as kind, and as brave, and as loyal, as the Native People who have helped me on this road of life, many times... you will not be forgotten, Lori, and I pray that your children and all your people will prosper and keep those prayers going always, for the rain, and the corn plants, and the critters and all beings..."
rudy of Covelo CA, USA

"Lori, When my son was graduating from high school. The school choose a beautiful song for the seniors. It was an Indian Song, the most beautiful sound and music of Indians. My son was standing very proud that day. Then there was this beautiful sunset and the music,it was like someone telling me my son was going to be with a couragous,heroric warrior. My son eddie was with you in the humvee. I'll will always pray for you and my son."
Janie of Texas

"Your spirit will live on in your 2 beautiful children, they will keep it alive every day. God Bless."
Cheryl of Scotland

"I just saw the Home Makeover programme that ABC did for your family. It really moved me, you are a very special family and have lost a very big part of yourselves in losing Lori. God bless you all."
Barbara McLaughlin of Belfast, Northern Ireland

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Lori Ann Piestewa, I’ve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the country as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils will come up each Spring, and, like your spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 22, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Lori along with 50 more bulbs to represent other soldiers that have been killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and your sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View, California

"I believe you will see your family again. God bless, Lori. You spirit will live on forever in you family."
Helen of England

"to the family of lori
Lori was agreat person. I went to basic with her at fort sill in march 2001. I then got hurt and went to ptrp. I would see her at church on sundays until her graduation. She helped me not to feel down and that i would get better and graduate also. Well i did graduate. And before i did she hurt her foot and had to go to ptrp after graduation. She helped smile on sundays that i saw her. She was a warrior at in basic and she will be a warrior always. Thank you for brining lori to this world. I am glad to have been her friend."
rossana of pawtucket, ri usa

"To the family of:Lori Ann Piestewa I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. She died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully one day we will meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"my thoughts are with you and your family and may u live on in your beautiful children. with love x"
shelly rogers of portsmouth, England

"Your spirit, Lori, lives on in all of us.....who hope, wish & fight for independance,freedom & the spirit of life & love. I saw your story on extreme makeover, and your family will continue your legacy in so many ways....but especially through the beauty of their souls.
The spirit of the native american people is reflected in all those who remember Lori, & who watch over her family now.
If only more people could be as selfless, loving, courageous & beautiful on the inside as well as Lori & her family.
I will think of you always, and aspire for a better world through your amazing ways.
May love & light always be with you, as Lori stands alongside you forever.
Much love always x"
J'aime Clemens of London, England

""Don't stand on my grave and weep, cause I'm not here".
Nothing more to say to that. She will be always around and watching and guarding the family and beloved ones.

Tears wil never fade away, pain will always be there. But her spirit will be back one day.
Love to you family"
Agnita van Denzen of Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands

"We'll never forget you, Lori! Your children are now our children. May they grow brave and strong like you. May we know how they grow. They are our responsibility, now.
A neighbor from Albuquerque"
Steve Vaughn of Albuquerque NM

"Honor, Strength, Courage!
You had it all Lori, you are my hero, and I honor you. Good Luck on your new journey.
To: The family of Lori,
I am sorry for your loss, May the creator guide you to happy times ahead.
Could you give Lori's children a big HUG from me? Wiliwon-Thank you!"
Sandy Sapiel of Penobscot Nation /Maine

"I AS A NATIVE AMERICAN SINGLE MOTHER IN THE MILITARY APPRECIATES WHAT LORI HAS DONE IN HER LIFE. EVEN THOUGH I DONT KNOW HER IT SEEMS LIKE I DO. ON 18 NOV, I AM DOIN A MEMORIAL DISPLAY FOR HER IN HONOR OF HER. GOD BLESS LORI AND HER FAMILY."
SGT RED BEAR, AMBER (OGALLALA SIOUX TRIBE) of STATIONED KITZIGEN, GERMANY

"I'm only 12 but I really do believe that Lori was a real hero not just because she was native ameican but because of what she did for our country with out people like her our country and everything that we are and have would not be today. I think everyone should be grateful for what they have, for what may be here today might not be here tommorrow."
Taylor Eder of Poplar ,Montanna USA

"Dear Lori and family,
I love you and thank-you from the bottom of my heart for your service and sacrifice to our country. You deserve way more than you have recieved for your Lori's duty. I want to become a soldier some day,and I will always carry Lori's courage and will and spirit in my heart. Bless You all. Lori you are the eagle of this country with its spirit. You to me are the mother of the Southwest of this country and I hope you are happy in Heaven. You are the best Lori and family, I love you all and send all my blessings.
Love,
Lori Dore"
Lori D. of Virginia

"I just wanted to say hello. My dad introduced me to Lori when we were stationed in Fort Bliss. She help us in perparing for Native American History Month and the performance we did for the base. Lori was a an amazing person and truly kind. Every time I saw her she was smiling. I will never forget her. She is one of the reasons I too joined the military and am now serving overseas in Japan. My father Mike,brother Ryan came out not to long ago to visit I dont know if you remember but they send their regards. My father is retried and works for the head start program now in DC. Well Tell the kids i said hi and hope to get to meet them some day. Their mom talked about them all the time. Lori We miss you and you will always be in our hearts and never forgotten. Thank you for everything you have done."
Michelle of kadena, okinawa/Japan

"I first wanted to say that I am proud of all who have answered our countries call to duty. But I am esspecialy proud of our Native warriors. For I am formerly a native warrior as well. I am 1/2 Navajo. To many people that fact is not as well appreciated I would like but those are the facts and I can not change them. But for Those native Americans such as PFC Pietewa I am very proud and honored to say that we our brothers and sister in Arms. For our native brothers have fought and died in every war the US has been involved in and very little recognition has been given. Most of us are poor and humble and do not ask recognition. But as time passes so do the ways of old and more and more noteworthy native are being recognized and for that I am thankful. Thank you Lori Ann Piestewa. And welcome home lady warrior."
Steve of Colorado springs Colorado

"Lori story choked me so much that my girlfriend and i shed tears... she died not only for america but the world. May her spirit flow in the wind bringing joy 2 all and i wish her family all the best in the world."
Gordon Hoey of co antrim, Northern Ireland

"I saw Lori Piestewa"s story on extreme makeover and was very moved, the whole family is an inspiration to all whatever colour or creed"
Stuart Burns of erith kent uk

"i'm also from the uk the extreme makeover really affected me it's great to see native americans finally recognised"
D of UK

"Taken too early, a huge loss, haven't cried in a while, Extreme Makeover made it happen.Lori Piestewa, wherever you are now,god bless always.."
paul helme of morecambe,UK

"Coming home from work after a late shift, I switched on the TV and tuned into the usual, Extreme Makeoever, Home Edition - but only able to catch the latter half, having missed the beginning. However, the story of Lori inspired me so much, the family, the love and committment to get up and find a bit more about this remarkable woman. I just want to send my thoughts and utmost respect to the family, friends and community of this proud, caring and honourable of people, and that they send forward this amazing woman whose life is set to inspire so many, of many faiths, and belliefs - here it shows no boundarys - I am humble to have spent just minutes learning about such a wild free spirit who has set free so many lives, emotions and is with so many of us now in this life. Lori Ann Piestewa you are a gracious being, and life long passion and breath of humanity and honour - I respect you."
Katie of England, United Kingdom

"When I Had Watched Home Makeover And Saw The Story On Lori And Your Family It Saddened Me Very Much But At The Same Time It Was Also An Inspiration To Me. Lori Wanted To Do One Of The Most Important Jobs Anyone Can Do And That Was To Fight For Her Country! Lori's Memory Will Live On Forever And May God Bless You,Those Beautiful Kids And To Also Jessica Lynch Who Was Not Only Lori's Best Friend But Also Apart Of Your Family. May You All Be There For Each Other Always!"
Heather Weber of Fraser Lake,British Columbia Canada

"To Lori's family,
I want to say, Lori is in my thoughts and prayers each and every day. Your daughter was and is a very great inspiration for a gratefull nation!
Words just simply do not do your daughter justice! Thank You!"
Loyd Klefstad of Rochester ,MN/USA

"To Lori's family,
I want to say, Lori is in my thoughts and prayers each and every day. Your daughter was and is a very great inspiration for a gratefull nation!
Words just simply do not do your daughter justice! Thank You!"
Loyd Klefstad of Rochester ,MN/USA

"I, like the previous person, saw Lori's story on the Home makeover show, and I was so moved and compelled by Lori's life and untimely death. I am so deeply saddened for the family but I was equally moved by Lori's Love and Sacrifice for her family and also her tribe members. I did not know her and yet her spirit MOVED ME!!! It's apparent that even now, Lori continues to give.....I trully beleive it was through her that her family finally had a home, and that her fellow Native American Veterans finally had a place to congregate. Godbless you LORI! I DID NOT KNOW YOU, BUT I WISH I HAD! YOU INSPIRED ME TO BE A BETTER DAUGHTER,MOTHER, AND A BETTER PERSON. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE FREEDOM WE SO OFTEN TAKE FOR GRANTED. And to the family, THANK YOU FOR RAISING SUCH A BRAVE AND NOBLE YOUNG LADY! MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR GRANDCHILDREN AND GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO CONTINUE RAISING THOSE BEAUTIFULL KIDS.I would like to contribute to their college fund. I hope to meet your family one day and personally thank you for sharing with us the beautiful light that was LORI.
YOURS TRULY
ANA MUNIZ-LAGUNA"
ANA MUNIZ-LAGUNA of MERCED, CALIFORNIA/USA

"TO LORI'S FAMILY AND CHILDREN I WATCHED THE EXTREME HOME MAKEROVER SHOW AND I TRIED VERY HARD NOT TOO CRY BUT I COULD NOT HOLD BACK MY TEARS. I AM HONOR TOO HAVE A HAD A BEATIFUL PERSON TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY AND I AM HONORED TOO BE CALLED AN AMERICAN... GOD BLESS LORI FOR ALL THAT SHE HAS DONE. ALSO GOD BLESS HER CHILDREN WATCH OVER THEM AS THEY NEED TO BE WATCHED OVER... YOUR FAMILY WILL FOREVER BE IN MY THOUGTHS AND PRAYERS...LORI YOUR DREAMS HAVE CAME TRUE THANKS TO JESSICA AND THE CREW OF EXTREME HOMEMAKER OVER.... GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU JESSICA TOO."
STACY of LAS VEGAS NV

"To Lori Piestewa and all those who have fallen in service to our coutry - I thank you immensely for your courage, strength, sacrifice and love for our country. You truly are brave and strong soldiers, and may God bless you all, wherever you may be."
Kelley Wood of Fullerton, CA, USA

"God bless your heart Lori. You seemed like such a beautiful and kind spirit. May God be with your beautiful parents & children."
jasmine of las vegas, nv

"TO THE PIESTEWA FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH LORI-ANN, HER CHILDREN AND HER FAMILY! LORI WAS MUCH MORE THEN A SOLDIER AND HERO! SHE WAS ONE THAT HAD TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY FROM FRIENDS, NEIGHBOR'S, THOSE IN HER COMMUNITY AND TO THOSE SHE SERVED WITH! SHE HAS NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN, REMEMBERED TODAY, TOMORROW AND NEVER EVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN. ALL THOSE SHE HAD TOUCHED WITH HER HEART. HOLD THE DEEPEST MEMORIES EACH HAD SHARED WITH HER. I AM VERY THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL SHE SERVED ALONG SIDE OUR SON. NEITHER KNEW ONE ANOTHER THAT IS TRUE! MY SON GREGORY IN A CONVERSATION FROM IRAQ. TOLD ME DAD, YOU NEED NOT WORRY OF ME! FOR I HAVE ALL MY SISTER'S AND BROTHER'S RIGHT HERE BY MY SIDE WATCHING OVER ME. JUST AS I DO FOR THEM. WHEN HE WAS AT FORT DRUM, HE CALLED ALL UPSET WITH THE NEWS OF LORI-ANN'S UNIT. MY SON IS LIKE A ROCK, HARD IN EMOTIONS! BY THE TONE IN HIS VOICE. I KNEW HE WAS UPSET WITH THE CRACKLING IN HIS VOICE. THEN SNIFFING HIS TEARS AWAY. SO NOW GREGORY HAS JOINED LORI-ANN. AN I KNOW HE IS IN GOOD COMPANY! ONE DAY I LIKE TO MEET HER FAMILY! LORI ANN IS WITH YOU! IN YOUR HEART AS SHE IS WITH US ALL! GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"LORI, WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT YOU. THERE IS SO MUCH. YOU REALLY LITE UP A ROOM. YOU ARE AN AMAZING MOTHER AND REAL GOOD FRIEND. WHEN I HEARD WHAT HAPPENED TO, I SAID THAT HAD TO BE LORI. LORI WOULD ALWAYS FIGHT FOR WHAT SHE BELIVES IN AND STICK TO HER GROUND. I WISH THAT I COULD JUST HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE TO SAY "C-YA " TO YOU OR HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE TO HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE. I KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT GONE YOU ARE JUST DANCING AT A BIGGER POWWOW UP HIGH. I REALLY DO MISS YOU AND I WANT TO TELL YOUR FAMILY I SEND THEM MY BLESSINGS IN THEIR TIME OF NEED. IT'S NOT EASY TO LOSE SOMEONE YOU LOVE BUT I KNOW THAT YOU ARE OK AND YOU ARE WATCHING OVER US AS MUCH AS YOU DID WHEN YOU WERE HERE ON EARTH. EVERYTIME I SEE THE PEAK AND THE HIGHWAY I WILL SAY DA NZHO LORI AND I LOVE YOU.PLEASE WATCH OVER US. AHO!"
VALDORA WYACKO of SAN CARLOS, AZ

"Dear Lori Piestewa and family, may God bless, I am part Native American and serve in the military also. Lori's story is one of true honor and sacrifice. To serve your country,family, and friends in a way that you did is truly that of a warrior. To fight for your country that was once rightfully yours and your forefathers is indeed a hero. May God bless you and your family. May the Great Spirit guide you. We all will miss you."
Rob Payne, Cherokee Nation of Charelston, SC, USA

"I am a member of the Native American Veterans Association of South Eastern Michigan, Inc., and our association would like to send a letter to Lori's family. Please reply to our email address of a mailing address at nishnabequay52@yahoo.com
E. Sue Parrish"
E. Sue Parrish of Royal Oak, Michigan, USA

"Dear Lori,
you have fallen but you are never going to be forgotten. though i never knew you it feels that you are here with me. you and to every soldier all of you people will always be in my prayers. though some of you have fallen you all will never be forgotten for all the things you people have givin us. we all appreiate you, and hope you all come back. Love ya,
Adelita Crispina Keith"
Adelita Crispina Keith of Sullivan Missouri

"Your courage, bravery and strength is more than enough for other Native American females that continue to serve our county. We thank you, we bless you and we honor you for your sacrafice. God bless you always."
LoRain Archuleta of Fort Bliss, Texas, USA

"Hey Lori, band is going good this year, wish you could be here to see us. I'm ordering your hero bracelet in a couple days, it'll never leave my wrist. I know your watching over me and i'm trying to live my life in your footsteps, I won't ever let you be forgotten,I miss you."
Nikki of Tulsa, Oklahoma

"God Bless and keep you Lori"
Joanetta LaCount of San Antonio, TX

"Although I didn't know Lori Ann, or any of the members of the 507th maintenace Co., they hold a special place in my heart. I deployed to the middle east in January of 2003,one month prior to their deployment, and remember hearing of the ambush when it occured. To Lori Ann Piestewa and all of my other brothers and sisters in arms who passed on while we were all over there together, may God keep you at peace. You are missed."
Sgt. David A. Gans of Republic South Korea

"Your a beautiful warrior Lori!! ..thank you for your bravery and strength..."Walk in Faith, Truth, love and Wisdom""
Chris of Calgary Alberta Canada

"Lori Piestewa, although I did not know her, means a lot to my family. She stands for courage and pride. Not just her Native Pride but her Pride of Country. From the time her spirit left this world we have kept her family in our prayers. We thank Jessica Lynch for remembering her fellow soldier and friend. Her thoughts of Lori's family and memory of Lori herself provided Lori's family with so much. As for Lori Piestewa, may her memory and courage live on in her children, family, and friends. She was a true "Lady Warrior""
Angie, Tohono O'Odham from Arizona of Junction City/Fort Riley, Kansas

"As one mother to another my heart just bleeds for your familys loss, as one mother of a solider to another how proud I am of your child, I will never forget your daughter & a special place will be for her & her alone in my heart. May you & her children find peace & comfort & know that she loves you & watches over you all."
Emily of NJ

"God Bless you and your soul. Your family is so beautiful and loving. May you rest in peace."
Jennie of Grapevine, TX

"I am a former Marine and veteran of two tours in Iraq. I was sitting in a movie theater a few nights ago when a commercial for the national guard came on. A female soldier carrying a rifle came on. A military college student sitting behind me said "Women do go into combat." I turned around and asked if he had ever been to combat, and of course he said no. I then told him that many women have given their life and that instead of cracking jokes, he should be grateful for their sacrifice. I also told him that he should look for information on Lori Piestewa, a true American Hero, and think about the words that just came out of his mouth. I am grateful to my fellow brothers and sisters in the military who gave their life or continue to serve in harm's way."
Ryan Campbell of Charleston , SC

"May the Lord bless the family and children of fallen soldier Lori Ann Piestewa. She will be remembered forever..."
The Miller's of Apache Junction, Arizona

"May the Lord bless the family and children of fallen soldier Lori Ann Piestewa. She will remembered forever..."
The Miller's of Apache Junction, Arizona

"THANKS FOR HAVING THE COURAGE TO LEAVE YOUR FAMILY TO DEFEND OUR NATION KNOWING THERE WAS A CHANCE YOU WOULD NOT RETURN. THAT WAS THE HEART OF A WARRIOR AND MAY YOUR SPIRIT LIVE ON THROUGH YOUR CHILDREN. GOD BLESS YOU LORI! PIESTEWA FAMILY, OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO YOU. THANKS FOR RAISING A BRAVE YOUNG WOMAN!!"
SEWELL FAMILY of TALLAPOOSA, GA

"Tribute to a Fallen Warrior "It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the
press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to
demonstrate.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and
whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the
flag." Ashoge - thank you My son is a Green Beret who is serving in Afghanstan for the second time. He helped rescue Jessica. God Bless Lori and Family"
Alchesay of ohio

"To the keeper of this site....thank you. To Lori...thanks for protecting us. God bless our President. God bless America. Thank you Lori for our freedom! We love you always!"
Annabell of Hutto Texas

"Lori was protecting all of us. For that we will never have a big enough thank you in that she lost her life doing it. You as her family and your deep belief in your tradition will keep her alive. I watched you on the Extreme Makeover and I cried your tears along with you. Father Sky, Mother Earth, Sister Sun, they will have Lori always and she will have us. Precious Lori, always look down and know how proud we are of you. Father in Heaven, please let Lori know how much she meant to all, those who were lucky enough to know her and those who love her now."
Kate of Houston, Texas

"Dear Piestewa Family,
Unfortunately we live in a world today where lives are taken for granted. It was a priviledge to watch Extreme Makeover and see the joy brought to the faces of Karla and Brandon. These are deserving children along with the countless others that have lost parents to this war. They have every right to be proud of their mother as I know she is proud of them. I too am a mother of a soldier, my daughter is currently serving with the Marine Operations in Iraq, and I can only imagine the pain, anger and disbelief one family must endure in losing a son or daughter. I am sure that your daughter inspired many people long before she entered the service, and now she will touch many more lives in the years to come. You only find true friends in life that are there for the long haul, and I am deeply saddened that the friendship between Lori and Jessica was interupted. But the bond between them will never be forgotten. I hope someday I will have opportunity to visit
Piestewa Peak, it is a beautiful tribute bestowed to your daughter. She was truly a brave warrior in every sense of the word. An American Hero we will never forget."
Donna McGuirt of Nashville, TN USA

"God bless you Lori and your family. It was a thrill to see your dreams come alive on Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Piestewa family- You all remain in my prayers every day. God Bless you!"
Kacie Lowden of Louisville, KY

"God Bless the family of Lori, a true hero. Know that millions of American's will forever remember her and her sacrifice. To the children of Lori...your mother was a wonderful woman and soldier. I wish you all the best life will bring. Your mother will always be with you in spirit.
Thank you Extreme makeover for giving this family a beautiful home, and a room to remember and honor Lori.
With deepest respect
GH"
of NC

"god bless you lori, you are really missed back home. jessica, your a hero to me, i dont care what the public says about you. it takes guts to put your life on the line like you did. i just watched extreme makeover and i cried like a new born, thank you abc and ty for giving that family such a great gift. i was in ait at ft bliss when they had the memorial for the soldiers that gave their all and thats one event i will never forget. ive been trying to find a video of the memorial so i can show my family what they missed but they wouldnt understand, its not the same unless you are there in person to witness that kind of thing. SOLDIERS POST...YOU MAY NOW ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN!"
spc cooper, david (david.wesley.cooper1@us.army.mil) of ansbach, germany

"Dear Piestewa Family,
I am one of many millions of Americans that watched Extreme Makeover Home Edition. My heart goes out to the Piestewa family for the loss of Lori Ann. I wish you all the best and I will continue to say a prayer for you every night!"
Dee Santilli of Boston, MA USA

"To the Piestewa Family,
I saw the Extreme Make over edition which really meant a lot to me and taught me some things. We have met in Washington D.C. for the opening of the Smithsonian and we were really honored to sing for Lori when they had her flag out while we were singing. I sing with Black Eagle from Jemez. Lori will be greatly missed and she has meant a lot to me. May god bless you and your family. "Thank You Lori, We Love You and Miss You!!""
Alyssa Yeppa of Jemez Pueblo, NM

"Dear Piestewa and Whiterock family. Thank you for your sacrifice, may god bless you and your families for the loss of a great patriot. Woliwon(Passamaquoddy for Thank You). Jemps"
Jemps Socoby of Windham, ME

"I met Lori at a NAIUP Summer Program in '93 or'94 in Irvine, California. Lori was one of my closest friends during the program. We conversed briefly after the summer program, but lost touch after a couple of months. When I first heard, I was deeply saddened and hurt, because the world has truly lost a great person. Deep condolences to the family, but be blessed by her memory."
A Saddened Lumbee of North Carolina

"I watched the Extreme Home Makeover in honour of Lori Piestewa. It brought me to tear's and taught me alot. Thank you for sharing your daughter's legacy with us"
Sheryl of Ontario, Canada

"Osiyo(Hello) Lori;
May the great spirits and God Bless you and help you complete your journey. You will be sadly missed on earth but the four winds will carry you to a restful place. Many thanks for all your work and pride to protect us here in the states. You are not forgotten. God Bless you and your family. Wado (thank you)From a Cherokee brother"
David Wood of Great Falls, Virginia U.S.A

"Our hearts prayers and love, go out to the families of fallen soldiers, and also to the Piestewa family."
J & L . Huerta of Winkelman, Az/ USA

"My heart goes out to the children of PFC Lori Piestewa, Who will grow up rest of their lives with out their Mother. I've seen the Extreme MakeOver last night and my heart dropped as I seen Lori's Children cry for their mother. My prayers are with the Piestewa Family ALWAYS. God Bless."
Erwin Morris- Omaha WhiteTail SInger of Omaha Tribe Macy, Nebraska

"What can I say... she will be ever missed, but will be always remembered. Stay strong for your grandchildren, and just remember that she will always be there in spirit, in the wind, in the trees, in the rain, in the snow, in the clouds, and the animals. She will always be there no mattter where you go. My prayers goes out to the Piestewa Family."
The Chavez Family of San Felipe Pueblo, NM

"She will always have a heart of a warrior."
Israel A. DeLeon of Gambrills, Maryland

"Dear Piestewa Family,
Thank you so much for sharing your daughter's legacy on Extreme Home Makeover. I cried through the entire episode. Your grandson moved me so much, and my heart and prayers go out to each of you in the family. My brother, father and Grandfather are all war veterans - your daughter's sacrafice will never be forgotten by America. There are many, many citizens that support, love and pray for the troops. I for one admire each soldier and their family whom also give a big sacrafice while their loved one is fighting for our country.

Many thanks to your family and may God bless you always!!!"
Julie Mikus rookie0621@comcast.net of Pittsburgh, PA

"May God bless you and your entire family forever..."
Frank R. Charles of San Antonio, Texas

"I saw your story on Extreme Home Makeover and must say I was very moved. It was nice to learn something about your daughter. She was a wonderful,brave person.I'm sure she is watching you from Heaven. You have my thoughts and prayers as you raise her beautiful children."
Kyle of New Salisbury, IN

"To the family of Lori Piestewa family, Thank you for sharing your daughters memory with America tonight. It took great strength to do that. I have a daugther that is part Sioux and I have raised her to be proud of her heritage. I hope she can find her way the way Lori did. You raised her very well, you have full right to walk with your heads held high and let the wind blow around you. May peace be your tonight."
Lauri Lawson of Holdrege, Nebraska

"To The Lori Piestewa Family. Our hearts are with you & Lori. God Bless Your Wonderful Family."
Tracy Carlson of Des Moines, IA

"To Lori Piestewa & her loving family, May peace always be with you, Thank you so much for giving us all a daughter like Lori, thank you for raising her children, thank you for being so kind, and humble. Im so glad that Lori's dream for her family has finally come true, she didnt die for nothing. And she is there with you all, I want you to know, Lori will never be forgotten, she is in our thoughts and prayers, as well as her family everyday. I also want to thank Jessica, she is the one who contacted Extreme Makeover, you made this possible Jessica, with the help, and the love that the crew of the show put into this episode, im still weeping! Piestewa family, you are forever loved!"
Angie Williams of San Diego,CA

"I know this will sound very strange, but tonight I felt as though I was a part of a bigger world family!As I learned more than I already knew about Lori: I felt a wave of emotion fall over me. It was not a feeling of sadness, but a feeling of great pride and deep thankfulness. How amazing it is to know that there are wonderful people such a Lori and her family! Bless you all and thank you to the Piestewa family for your great pride and sacrifice!"
Pam of Nanaimo, BC Canada

"Hi i just want to say thank you to , your family and tribal members who have helped americans be safe and free. I have a cousin that is part Cherokee and i am glad that she is involved in learning about her Indian Heritage. Anyway i just wanted to let you know that I too lost a Lori. she was my cousin and in the Army, 22 yrs old when she was killed in a hit and run on April 20th, 2001. I learned of her death on my birthday april 22nd. I never use to celebrate my birthday, now i use that day, also known as earth day, as a day of rememberance and i would like to inlcude your Lori in that. Also, when i learned of your lori's death, i started a quilt for you and her kids. Due to life happenings i hadn't been able to complete it, but i hope to complete it soon and have it delivered to you.
Blessed Be
PS is there a place where i can get a picture of Lori holding her son and daughter so that i can place on the quilts that i making for each child and you her parents? If you prefer not to email me one i will understand and respect your privacy. my email is kressalyne@yahoo.com
After the loss of my cousin (and i made a comfortghan, quilt for my lori's parents) i decided that i still wanted to do something to honor fallen heroes and their families. I do this to honor the fallen heroes and for their family. I too come from a long line of soldiers, police officers. My father was a veteran of the Korean War, not forgotten, but not remembered either. Although the quilt can't bring their loved one back, maybe it will bring them, the family, some measure of comfort, to know someone cares. I do have a website that shows pictures of the quilts i have made and donated so far it is http://www.lion_sheart.tripod.com"
Rhyanna S. DeTuathana of Albany, OR USA

"Hi i just want to say thank you to , your family and tribal members who have helped americans be safe and free. I have a cousin that is part Cherokee and i am glad that she is involved in learning about her Indian Heritage. Anyway i just wanted to let you know that I too lost a Lori. she was my cousin and in the Army, 22 yrs old when she was killed in a hit and run on April 20th, 2001. I learned of her death on my birthday april 22nd. I never use to celebrate my birthday, now i use that day, also known as earth day, as a day of rememberance and i would like to inlcude your Lori in that. Also, when i learned of your lori's death, i started a quilt for you and her kids. Due to life happenings i hadn't been able to complete it, but i hope to complete it soon and have it delivered to you.
Blessed Be"
Rhyanna S. DeTuathana of Albany, OR USA

"Hi i just want to say thank you to , your family and tribe who have helped americans be safe and free. I too lost a Lori. she was in the Army, 22 yrs old when she was killed in a hit and run on April 20th, 2001. I learned of her death on my birthday april 22nd. I never use to celebrate my birthday, now i use that day, also earth day, as a day of rememberance and i would like to inlcude your Lori in that. Also, when i learned of your lori's death, i started a quilt for you and her kids. Due to life happenings i hadn't been able to complete it, but i hope to complete it soon and have it delivered to you.
Blessed Be"
Rhyanna S. DeTuathana of Albany, OR USA

"I watched Extreme Makeover Home Edition this evening and just felt a need to respond. My heart aches for Ms. Piestewa's children. I lost my mother last year on Memorial Day, suddenly and without warning. As we prepare to remember Lori Ann Piestewa and all of our fallen heroes, my family will too be in remembrance of our family hero, our mother. To Brandon and Carla, I say remember your mother. She has left you with a legacy. Her courage and strength will be a reminder to you of the way you should live your life. Carry her in your heart always. Many blessings to the Piestewa family."
Scipio Igbeare of Arlington, Texas

"I watched Extreme Home Makeover tonight and was brought to tears throughout the entire show. What an inspirational story, what a warrior. I was more proud than I've ever been to be a native, even as a Canadian I was so inspired by The Americans to pull together and do this for her family. I have a new hero, I have inspiration.

To the Piestewa family... you are so strong. God bless you. She's your angel now :)

Lori Ann Piestewa - my hero, thank you."
Brette McKay of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

"To the family of Lori Piestewa, my condolences i send. I am a single mom from the Standing Rock Sioux Nation of North Dakota, and have been serving in the US ARMY for 7 years now. I just want to say "THANKS" for such heroism Lori for everything that you did for our people of all 4 directions. Your family and kids, will always be in my family's thoughts and prayers! "Me-daku-owasi" SGT RED HORN/STANDING ROCK SIOUX NATION/FORT HOOD, TEXAS"
SGT Donise Red Horn/Standing Rock Sioux of Fort Hood, Texas

"Dear Piestewa Family, My wife and I watched the extreem makeover program tonight. What a beautiful tribute to your daughter, nation and our country. The coming together of many peoples to honor Laurie is just amazing. The love and the spirit shown is an example we can all learn from. Our love and prayers go out to you and your family. Thank you for your sacrifice to our country during such troubling times.
Your family and daughter are an inspiration for all of us !!!"
James & Katherine Guerin of Natick, Mass

"To Spc Lori A. Piestewa and her family. Tonight my wife and I watched the Extreme Homemakeover show. The respect that Ty Pennington and his crew gave the Indian People of all tribes was awesome. The respect that they gave the family of Lori Piestewa was genuine. I myself am a combat vet and am currently in the Army National Guard. So my heart is out to her. She gave her life doing what she enjoyed doing, serving her country. Now thanks to her dear friend, Jessican Lynch, Lori Piestewas' families living conditions has been made alot better. My wife and myself hope that the parents and the children can live in Peace, and never forget Lori Piestewa as I know she is watching over her family."
Randall & Denise McCoskey of Bossier City, La.

"I heard of Lori on the "extreme makeover" show just tonight. I tried my best not to cry while watching it, but I couldn't help it!!

I just want you, the Piestewa family (if you read this) to know, You have an amazing family with a dumbfounding love for one another. And though I may be completely against wars, I must say... from what I've learned of Lori.. I am completely touched. She seems like an amazing woman, a loving mother, a special daughter, and a couragious warrior. She has inspired me to do the things I've always wanted to do before I die. To not be afraid. As I'm sure she's inspired countless others!

You, the Piestewa family, should be proud. You are all awesome spirits and you radiate absolute love. Anyone who is around you is lucky and blessed.

The world needs more people like you.

Best Wishes.

Be Well."
Casandra of Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

"Thank you Piestewa family for raising such a wonderful and selfless daughter. Thank you Lori for your sacrifice."
Trinice of Chicago, Illinois

"Lori,
Thank you for your sacrifice. You are a hero to many people; especially your children. Your family is going through a tough time. I know what they are feeling because I lost someone in Afghanistan. But they know you are there watching over them. You are forever in my thoughts and prayers."
of Massachusetts

"I am so sorry for you loss. Recently, I donated to an organization named "Project Orange" out of Lancaster, PA. In exchange for the donation they send a bright orange t-shirt that bears the name of a fallen hero in bold white letters on the back along with their rank and on the front how and where they died. With the donation you are asked to make a commitment to wear the shirt to events where there will be lots of people or even media coverage in hopes that the public never forgets these fallen heroes. There is only 1 shirt per fallen soldier made. I am proud and honored to say that I have worn and will continue to wear my bright orange t-shirt with Lori Ann's name in hopes that she will not be forgotten."
D'Anne Nelson of Upper Darby, PA

"The following is my tribute to PFC Piestewa. I was given a page from our yeabook to write about our friends from the 507th. Our unit is back in Kuwait for another year. From our Yearbook "Upon arrival at Camp Virginia, I, SFC Torrence L. Williams was chosen to be the Pad Mayor of Pad 2. Responsible for attending daily meeting at the Mayor’s Cell, Class I support, cleaning supplies, cleanliness of area and disseminating information to the 11 different units in the Pad 2 area. So like with everything I shared this responsibility with SFC Kenneth A. Banks, therefore every time I performed these duties he went with me. Each day we would walk around to the different units and pass information to the units. The 507th Maintenance Company was one of the units on Pad 2. The 507th had 85 members, we personally knew some of them. The 507th Maintenance Company arrived in Kuwait from Ft. Bliss on 20 February 2003. The company consisted of 82 Soldiers and their assigned vehicles. The unit became a part of U.S. forces under the operational control of V Corps, which was located at CAMP VIRGINIA in Kuwait. From 22 February until 20 March, the 507th prepared for its mission in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM--to repair and maintain vehicles and equipment of the 5th Battalion, 52d Air Defense Artillery (Patriot), supporting the Central Command (CENTCOM) battle plan.

We talked with CPT Troy King the commander of the 507th and 1SG Robert Dowdy (he was from Ohio like SFC Banks so they had much to chat about). Each unit had to provide soldiers for police call, daily meetings and pickup of supplies. SGT Walters was in charge of the water and rations pickup. We did the pickup every two days and SGT Walters brought a team of soldiers to get their supplies: SPC Timothy Johnson, SPC James Kiehl, PFC Howard Johnson, PVT Ruben Estrella-Soto, were among those that came for this task SPC Shoshana Johnson, PFC Jessica Lynch and the rest of the soldiers might have come but we cant remember. PFC Lori Piestewa would come to gather notes for their unit. She told us she was a Hopi Indian and said her name meant “ rain dance” or “rain water”. We saw the 507th before they left the Pad on the 19th of March 2003. PFC Piestewa sat in her HMMV awaiting their 1SG when we last spoke with her. We also spoke with a group of 6-7 of the 507th soldiers who were waiting to leave. They seemed worried and frightened so we gave them words of encouragement. As we (63rd SIG BN) moved forward and ultimately to Talil Air Base, Iraq, we got word of the attack on the 507th in An Nasiriyah. We prayed and thought of those we personally met. PFC Lori Piestewa was the first female killed in this war. SGT Walters was an older wiser soldier and just from our conversations with him, we believed he did fight like the hero he was depicted as. While we waited on the news of their fate it played with our emotions but I believed it also made us more aware of what was happening. Just hearing of soldiers dying in wartime is hard, but to actually know those who died is even harder. In memory of the soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas. These are the members we got to know.

CPT Troy King 1SG Robert Dowdy
SGT Walters,Donald SGT George Buggs
SPCJamaal Addison SPC Timothy Johnson
SPC James Kiehl SPC Shoshana Johnson
PFC Jessica Lynch PFC Howard Johnson
PFC Lori Piestewa PVT Ruben Estrella-Soto
(Bold print denotes those killied during the attack." It was a fatal blow to receive the news so soon into the war that the first to be killed were people you know. God bless you and your family and I pray this is never forgotten"
SFC Torrence L. Williams of Camp Virginia, Kuwait

"To the Family & Friends of PFC Lori Piestewa .... Lori is the biggest hero I have heard of an I am proud of her I am a army wife my husband is in Iraq right know ... I just wanted to say Thanks you so much for the sacrafice it has not gone unnoticed or unappriciated your altimate sacrifice was the bravest thing I have heard of another woman doing..You will be in my prayers every day an when my kids say there prayers to night to there daddy they will say a special one for you an your family an your babe's that were left behind.. My children will now who you are so you will not be forgoten not in this house ... your a hero a soldier a daughter a sister a mother ...AMAZING"
Mary Cruise of Ft Drum NY

"Keshi(Hello) I'm a Native American From Zuni,New Mexico I now reside in Philadelphia and when I heard about our Native Soldier I was so hurt I have cried for days. To Piestewa Family from Westika Family We give our condolences to your family. She was our true Native Warrior and still is from above.. El'akwah( Thank You)"
Martha Weeka of Philadelphia, PA

"Hello to ALL who visit this website and those who take time to leave a message. I am from Tuba City Arizona. I just want to "THANK YOU" all for your prayers and support to the Piestewa Family. It is now 2005, and it is still fresh in my mind the day, week, month when we first heard. A week never goes by that I say a prayer or send special thoughts to Lori's family. I see her family/children around town and just say another prayer... that they will again receive strength in some form or fashion, maybe from a hug given, a smile/wave that is sent their way by family/friends; I see her mom and dad smiling again... and I know they are being loved and cared for by our Heavenly Father. Lori's children are happy and doing well, and thats only because they are cared and loved a lot by the grandparents. Their recent surprise of a New Home had our whole town in a frenzy! It was fun! to just be a part of the whole crazyness that Ty Pennington and his cast put on. The whole cast were like family ... and we sure missed them after they left us. They (Ty, Ed, Preston) are "really" good people! Thank you Jessica Lynch!.. again.. for making Lori's dream come true. Our love and support will continue ..."
Phyllis of Tuba City, Arizona/USA

"You are not forgotten."
Obbop of USA

"During my journey through life, I have met many people from all walks of life. I am a Disabled Veteran, my five older brothers and I were taken away by the State WI from our family when I was an infant. We were split up and grew up away from from our people, our Ho-Chunk Nation. We walked the path of the whiteman, until we grew into manhood, then our trails led us home. I belong to a American Legion Post, during Pow-wows I rarely dance to the Flag and Honor Songs, I walk, I walk in Honor of our Ancestors that have gone on before us, I walk in rememberence of our fallen veterans, I walk and pray for those that mourn their lost. I walk and give thanks to creator for those carrying on the traditional ways of each Pow-wow I attend. I haven't been able to attend very many pow-wows lately but when I do I am walking and praying, I have included Lori's family and her Hopi people. (sorry for the first incorrect posting) RLS"
Ralph L. Snake of Wisconsin, USA

"During my journey through life, I have met many people from all walks of life. I am a Disabled Veteran, my five older brothers and I were taken away by the State WI from our family when I was an infant. We were split up and grew up away from from our people, our Ho-Chunk Nation. We walked the path of the whiteman, until we grew into manhood, then our trails led us home. I belong to a American Legion Post, during Pow-wows I rarely dance to the Flag and Honor Songs, I walk, I walk in Honor of our Ancestors that have gone on before us, I walk in rememberence of our fallen veterans, I walk and pray for those that mourn their lost. I walk and give thanks to creator for those carrying on the traditional ways of each Pow-wow I attend. I haven't been able to attend very many pow-wows lately but when I do I am walking and praying, I have included Lori's family and her Dine' people."
Ralph L. Snake of Wisconsin, USA

"We offer the upmost respect to all our "Fallen Soldiers" and pray for the comfort of their families! Lori Piestewa will be missed deeply. We offer our prayers and wish the Piestewa family well. Please never forget how special your daughter is, always remember that she died a hero. Her kids will grow up to remember that they're mother was a HERO to all! Thanks Lori! You, along with the many other Soldiers in the USA are the reasons why we are able to live freely and safer. God Bless You and your Familes!"
TOHONO O'ODHAM NATION (Desert People) of Sells AZ - Southern Arizona

"I am so sorry for your loss. Your daughter will never be forgotten and always remembered as a hero who fought for our freedom. I thank her from the bottum of my heart for her sacrafice. My most sincere sympathy to Lori's family and friends. May she rest in peace."
Heather Ralston of Cleveland Ohio

"FALLEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN...REST IN PIECE PFC PIESTEWA. To the family and friends of Lori Ann Piestewa, may the Great Spirit comfort you this day and give you the strength to endure the days ahead without your daughter/mother/friend. She gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of so many, so far from our home. You and yours will always be remembered in our prayers."
Cpl and Mrs Contreras, USMC of SD stationed at Cherry Point, NC

"To the family of Lori Ann Piestewa: We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful and brave daughter. We grieve for all of you, and we say "Thank you" to Lori Ann for her sacrifice, and for bringing honor to our country. May she rest in peace."
The Whitehead family of Kingston, RI, USA

"To family and friends of Lori Ann Piestewa: I want you to know how sorry I am for your loss. As an American, I am sorry for all our losses, but it can't compare to what individual families must go through. Please know how much all Americans appreciate that Lori was willing to stand up for all Americans."
Ronald L. Carlson of Montrose, MN , USA

"To Spc Piestewa's family. From the first day your daughter/your mother was killed she was in my heart. I thought about her children and her bravery. I regret that the world has overshadowed her legacy with media hype. All soldiers deserve our prayers however I told my family and friends about her because I wanted people to know how she fought.. a woman, a minority, a mother.. I hope I will never forgot what she has done.."
Leslie Ridlon of USA

"God bless you"

"this is for lori piestewa family iam spc travis towler with the 1 -118th fa a medic getting ready to deploy to iraq next month i wear your daughters name on a bracelt on my right wrist with much HONOR god bless her and her family."
travis w towler of fort stewart georgia

"First off, I would like to thank Lori for fighting for our freedom. I would also like to thank the Pietewa family for holding on even though she's gone. Even though I am only 12 years old, I know what I want to do in life. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have realized that I belong fighting for our country. I want to wear the uniform with pride and honor. You are a true inspiration to me,Lori. God looked over us and he took brave soldiers to build a shining sky of stars. He had one missing, so he saw your beautiful smile and knew right away you would complete his beautiful creation. You are brave and I know that you will always be in our hearts. You, and all of the soldiers fought a tough war and made us proud. REST IN PEACE"
Yvonne of San Bernardino,California

"Lori, from a former soldier and now retired police officer, I SALUTE YOU. My heart is heavy and I feel the pain of your family and friends. Lori, I know in my heart you are now in a better place, filled with nothing but eternal love. May you rest in peace, knowing your sacrifice is not only remembered, but HONORED. VAYA CON DIOS."
Keith C. of Dallas, Texas

"To Lori Piestewa, family and friends,
Gitchi Manitou has recalled this warrior to take her place at His everlasting rule. Cry not for her absence, but rejoice for the benefit and sacrifice she gave for all the brothers and sisters who will continue to walk the earth with us."
Michael Bigjoe of Lacey, WA

"You were always strong, but happy. You wanted a good life for your children. You couldn't wait to go home and see them. You were always so kind and plesant to be around. I admired you for being able to leave your family to join the Army. Basic wasn't easy but I never heard you complain. I am proud to say I knew such a strong woman as you. Your death tore a hole in my soul that cannot be mended. Your strength I will carry with me always."
Brenda E. Glotfelty (Warriors) of Frostburg, MD USA

"It seems like only yesterday when she left us but that 'True Warrior' will always be missed. Thank you Lori."
K. Alexander of Baton Rouge, La.

"Thank you Lori for defending the freedoms we all cherish. You are a brave warrior for taking the fight to those cowards who ambush and run. The great Spirit comforts you now and watches over your loved ones. Until the days of the earth have run their length and we are together again, rest in peace."
JWS of Maryland

"To the family of Lori Piestewa. I would like to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Lori seemed to be a pretty courageous young lady, I hope that her children are doing okay. I will keep you and her children in my heart and prayers. God be with you in strength and mercy.....Take care!"
Running Wild Horse of United States of American

"God bless you and your family, thank you for giving the last full measure that can be given. You will never be forgotten by your brothers and sisters in arms so long as the Army exists. Brave warrior rest now, we will carry the fight from here."
SPC W Kelly US Army 146th Signal BN of Jacksonville, FL

"I have had to know your sorro and lose 4 of my friends have made the same sacrific as Lorri but just remember that she would want you to be happy that she is in a better place and that know people to this dy have taken the freedom she died defending."
a fellow grever in lose of San Angelo,TX

"In Memory of Lori Ann Piestewa. To see a true warrior is a rare and wonderful gift. Her life means her children will be safe in America. It breaks my heart to hear of a woman fighting so hard and losing her life for her country. She is a warrior. Not sister warrior,but a true indian warrior. I see her reaching out to others she knew in her life. She taught me to reach out to our American soliders in Iraq today. Our ancestors sang to her that day in Iraq. She heard the song and found her way home to her family. If I could be even a glimmer of her spirit, I would be truly loved and regarded as a Hero. Her spirit reached out to my heart and grabbed a hold. I feel the ferocity she must have shown her enemies. Our ancestors are always singing you just have to take the time to listen. She is my warrior. Please regard this message as tidbit of what she contributed to this country. She made the USA more safer for my grandchildren"
sheri yatlin of Huslia, AK USA

"Lori, Native American Heritage Month has come and my family heralded your sacrifice. Four Directions, One Voice carries new meaning to us. Our nation thanks you. God bless your family."
Dr B. Hill and family of APG, Maryland

"Lori, My family and I thank you very much for your service to our Country. May you rest in peace and God Bless."
SFC Thompson, Frederick A. of Fort Wainwright, Alaska

"" we will never forget yyyyyyyyyyooooooooouuuuuuuuu""
Anna Spottedwolf of Oklahoma City,Oklahoma U.S.A

"" we will never forget yyyyyyyyyyooooooooouuuuuuuuu""
Anna Spottedwolf of Oklahoma City,Oklahoma U.S.A

""I Love Lori Ann Piestewa alot. She was my family.She will always be in my heart for the rest of my life.She will always be a LADY WARRIOR!!!! She will always be my hero.She will be missed.I love you Lori""
Tiffany Honyumptewa of Tuba City,Az

""I Love Lori Ann Piestewa alot. She was my family.She will always be in my heart for the rest of my life.She will always be a LADY WARRIOR!!!! She will always be my hero.I love you Lori""
Tiffany Honyumptewa of Tuba City,Az

"I feel so sorry for your friend Lori that died in Iraq. I was sad watching Saving Jessica Lynch, because of everything that happened. I want u to know that Lori Piestewa was and will always be my hero!!!!!"
Adelita Keith of Sullivan, Mo.

"To the family and friends Of Lori Ann Piestewa. First off I would like to express my deep sadness of your loss. I was Stationed at Fort Bliss For four years and did know however brief a few of our soldiors taken from us in that cowerdly attack. Lori was not one of them but That is not important. What is important is that she saw a reason for defending our nation and our beliefs, And for that I thank her. To her family and friends I thank you also because it is people like you who make people like myself and Lori and many others put up thier right hand and swear to defend this beautiful country till the last breath, You were her reason. I was and I am sure many still are, proud to wear the uniform and fight and die for our country. I was injured while on duty and can no longer fight but My heart is with you all. Come home safe to a waiting country and your loving Families. God Bless you all, and God Bless America"
Raphael Temblador of Tucson, AZ USA

"TO THE PIESTEWA FAMILY,

I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LOSE A LOVE ONE. I THINK AS NATIVE AMERICANS WE ARE PROUD AND WE STAND STRONG , NO MATTER IF WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER OUR LANGUAGE & HERITAGE. BUT IN THE END WE ARE ONE. WE ALL SHALL SEE LORI AGAIN. SHE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTON. I AM TOO IN THE MILITARY. I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE SEPARATE FROM FAMILY AND MAKE OUR SCARFICES. BUT MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOUR FAMILY AND LORI. I ALSO WENT TO TUBA CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL. THERE I ONLY SEEN LORI BUT NEVER SAID HI. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY."
NONA BUTLER of manhattan, ny usa

"TO THE PIESTEWA FAMILY,

I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LOSE A LOVE ONE. I THINK AS NATIVE AMERICANS WE ARE PROUD AND WE STAND STRONG , NO MATTER IF WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER OUR LANGUAGE & HERITAGE. BUT IN THE END WE ARE ONE. WE ALL SHALL SEE LORI AGAIN. SHE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTON. I AM TOO IN THE MILITARY. I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE SEPARATE FROM FAMILY AND MAKE OUR SCARFICES. BUT MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOUR FAMILY AND LORI. I ALSO WENT TO TUBA CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL. THERE I ONLY SEEN LORI BUT NEVER SAID HI. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY."
NONA BUTLER of manhattan, ny usa

"TO THE PIESTEWA FAMILY,

I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LOSE A LOVE ONE. I THINK AS NATIVE AMERICANS WE ARE PROUD AND WE STAND STRONG , NO MATTER IF WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER OUR LANGUAGE & HERITAGE. BUT IN THE END WE ARE ONE. WE ALL SHALL SEE LORI AGAIN. SHE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTON. I AM TOO IN THE MILITARY. I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE SEPARATE FROM FAMILY AND MAKE OUR SCARFICES. BUT MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOUR FAMILY AND LORI. I ALSO WENT TO TUBA CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL. THERE I ONLY SEEN LORI BUT NEVER SAID HI. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY."
NONA $ WESLEY BUTLER of MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, NY

"Many visitors of my web page The Navajo Code Talkers would not believe I am neither American nor Navajo, just a Croatian - an ocean away from the U.S.A., but just a click away from you my dear people.
Unfortunately, since Iraq war started I had to update my Navajo page
http://mprofaca.cro.net/navajo.html with so many links related to Fallen Navajo Heroes.

I am taking this sad oportunity to send my sincere condolences to the families of Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, Army Sgt. Lee D. Todacheene, and to great Navajo people.

God bless you all.

Mario Profaca
mario.profaca(at)zg.htnet.hr
(if somebody would like to send me a message,
please replace "(at)" above with "@")

http://mprofaca.cro.net/navajo.html"
Mario Profaca of Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

"Being from Canada we don't hear all that happens generally, due to the selective reporting of the media we did hear alot of Jessica Lynch who managed to survive the attack however we heard virtually nothing of the horrible situation that Lori Ann had to endure. This is by no means a slight towards Jessica but a comment about the media and it's ability to pick and choose who our heroes should be. Not as a fellow American but as a fellow native my condolences go out to Lori's family and the families of all who have lost their sons, daughters,husbands,wives,mothers and fathers."
Robert Graham of Mississauga, Canada

"Theres not a day that goes by that I don't think about her or those precious babies. My heart goes out to her family and friends. My prayers will always be with them. I'm proud of ya Lori!!!"
Forever touched of Oklahoma

"I too had a daughter Laurie Anne (small spelling difference) who served in Iraq, as a Blackhawk pilot; we will never know or understand why one came home safely while the other made the greatest of sacrifices. I will never again be able to look at my Laurie without stopping to say a prayer for yours. May God be with your family, as he surely is in heaven with your Lori Ann. Your sacrifice is the greatest any parent can make, one that those of us who had children come home can't even begin to imagine. Thank you and God Bless you, from the mother of another Laurie Anne."
Mrs. Susan Forand of DeLand, Florida

"My name is Christa Taylor and I am doing a reserch project on Lori. I just wanted to ask if you could write me back and tell me some more information on her at www.funphones.com
Thank you very much,
Christa"
Christa Taylor of Beach City, Texas

"Gone too soon.
Never forgotten."
Someone of Texas

"A month and a year later, I still think of you. You are never forgotten, dear sister. You are an inspiration to all Natives. When the clouds are fluffy over the small community of Tuba City, I imagine that you are there laying on the soft clouds looking down at us. You spinkle some cool water on us and we know its you. Thank you and we will see you again."
Mone of Navajo Nation, Arizona

"In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"PFC Lori Ann Piestewa,
You gave your life serving your country more than a year ago and I want you to know that we still remember you and think of you often with gratitude and love. You are a hero to so many people all over the world and I hope that brings your family some measure of comfort. My wish for your family and friends is that the passing time has lessened some of the pain of losing you, especially for your children, and that they are able to remember you and the happier times they spent with you. Please watch over the soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen still over there. Let them know that they are always in our thoughts. Give them the strength they need to fight on when things are at their worst. Thank you for being our hero and our angel. I hope you are at peace."
SSgt Dominique Atkins of Offutt AFB, NE

""Home of the Brave" Native Americans have always held their warriors in high esteem. The women and men in the Armed Services today carry on the warrior tradition of their ancestors. "No person among us desires any other reward for performing a brave and worthy action, but the consciousness of having served our nation."
Lori's children and family remain in our prayers. May the Creator watch over you through the coming years. May Lori's spirit remain beside you and comfort you. We are proud of her. No words can express our appreciation for what she has done for this nation. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS."
The Jaquez Family of Oglala Lakota, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, LORI ANN, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"God Bless you Lori. It's been a year and seems like yesterday when we were fighting in Iraq. May God keep you in his kingdom. I will remember you for always. Keep your spirit close to all your brothers and sisters in the military. Adios"
Mario J. Delahoz SSgt USAF of Hurlburt Field, FL USA

"May you now spread your wings and fly with the eagles smiling down upon us . . until we meet again."
ANS of Buffalo, NY

"Private Piestewa, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are a hero to this man."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Lori, please say a prayer for my husband that just left feb-7-04 watch over him you are a angel now you are a hero god bless you and family..."
Carol Vicente of Kitzingen Germany

"Lori you are my hero. You remind us what natives are Brave. Thank you for fighting for our Land. We will miss you. You are always in our hearts."
Sharyln R of Tucon, Arizona

"Rest in eternal peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Lori was my age... I too am a Native American woman serving my country, but while serving in the Americorps*NCCC. My heart aches for her... for her family and small children... She serves to inspire so many young Native women. She is our sister, and will continue to be so for all time. A mitakye oyacin."
Caryn Flowers of Washington, DC

"To the family of PFC Piestewa:
God Bless the bravest woman ever. My thoughts and prayers to the family and her memory."
Former WM of Calexico, CA

"To the family of PFC Piestewa:
God Bless the bravest woman ever. My thoughts and prayers to the family and her memory."
Former WM of Calexico, CA.

"Thank you for what you did. From a proud Native American to another
Tsi La Gee"
Leigh of Cherokee NC

"As a mother of four and a proud USAF wife, there are no real words to say except thank you. May your children know the sacrifice you made for them when going to battle. Your bravery and selflessness will always be remembered in them. May God always watch over your two children and know "Mom" will always be watching over them..Thank you so much from one loving mother to another.."
Joni Beratto of Luke AFB, Arizona USA

"Lori is our Hero and will alway's remain in our hearts. You will alway's bless the ones that you knew and have touched Lori!! you are missed."
Brenda of Schofield Barracks, HI

"WOW! What to say in remembrance of a hero of our country. That is that I never knew or met her but yet I can only say that she is the greatest hero in my heart. Doing what I was unable to do at the time until now. She will always be remembered.....her death was not in vain but for the sake of a country in its fight of terrorism. Her life was an inspiration for many young Native American women......God Bless her family and the men and women who continue to fight for what Lori Ann Piestewa believed in.

Randy Thompson, FS2
U.S. Coast Guard"
Randy Thompson of Farmington, NM, USA

"Dear Piestewa Family,
I don't know if this message ever will reach you. You are in our hearts and prayers over the last year. I am very proud of my relatives who are in the military and every other soldier who fights for our country and of course all the fallen heros who died in this war and still will die.
Why I am writing todays is to tell you my deepiest sorrow's for that horrable footage they aired on Dec.30,2003. I can't imagen to see one of my loved once on a tape like that. It touched me very deeply. I worked for at least 10 years as a nurse and I have seeing alot of very ill and old people passing away and how many times I comfort loved once and most of the time poeple would tell me "the longest they didn't had to suffer or were able to die at least with some dignatie", or some would say " I don't want to see my loved one after death because I want to keep tham in my memory as I knew tham"and I always would exept any of there wishes. But when I saw this tape it broke my heart to see what the media has become over the last few month with no regard or regrade to the victims or their family's only to get a story. It saddend me to see that media doesn't give familys
no privacy or time to let tham grief. So I just want the family to know
there are still poeple out there who didn't forgott the person behind the story and that we feel the sorrow and grief with you and what a wonderfull persone Lori must of been to do what she did best and that was to serve her country regardless what the cause or outcome is.
God bless your Family!!!
Claudia Raper,CA Fort Irwin"
Claudia Raper of Fort Irwin, CA, USA

"Hello, peace and love to Lori and her family, I will never forget Lori's sacrifice."
Joan S. of Oregon

"Thank you Lori Piestewa, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"She did her best to save a friend and to do her job. I think, she was a good soldier. Her name must not be forgoten!"
Ambreliser of Gdynia, Poland

"We felt a little closer to the two Best Friends Jessica and Lori after we read Jessi's book. Lori was a beautiful, and from the sound of it, courageous woman. It's too bad that Jessi had to lose Lori but in such an honorable way. We don't know what we would do without each other as best friends. Although we would, be proud to the end. We wish more than enough compfort and happiness to the family of Lori Pi. and Happy Holidays to all of them."
Best Friends, Amanda & Melissa of Dallas, TX

"There is no doubt in my mind that you, Lori were indeed in Jessica's hospital room during those rough days in Iraq. That's the kind of friend you would be. I was somehow psychically tuned into Jessica...don't know if I was truly awake or asleep...but saw her rescue before it was reported, and have not been surprised by much she has set straight since she started talking for herself. Your kids will not be forgotten by Jessi and her family any more than you will be. Hang in with her Lori...she's got a long way to go to recovery and will need you "sitting on the edge of her bed lots more". I'm a 65 year old grandmother. My grandson is in the Marines, headed for Iraq early next year, and I and the country are so in awe of the young people who are willing to give all they have for our freedoms. Thank you Lori. My condolences to your family, how they must be hurting. All freedom loving Americans admire and love you. You are always in my prayers."
Donna Vance of Largo, Florida

"Lori's death hit me really hard because she was the first female soldier to die in the war. I dont know her, but i feel like i do. I cried when i heard of her death and even more when i watched the Jessica Lynch story and saw live images of her. I dont know what to say...i am at a loss of words...all i can do is raise my right hand in a genuine heartfelt salute to her and keep her family and friends in my prayers. May her soul rest in perfect peace. Amen."
PFC Lola B of fort leonard wood , missouri, chemical company.

"Never froget that there is always some one some where doing duty for this great country."
Antonio C. Garcia of Fort Hood, TX

"Lori was born just 4 days before me. I also have 2 children. I can not imagine what my children would do without their mommy. I pray for them and the rest of Lori's family. And I thank Lori for fighting for my freedom."
A Mommy of Michigan

"Lori, You are a true hero. From Jessie's accounts, you were fighting to the end. You helped your 'roomie' not once that day but twice. First you picked her up from her sandtrapped vehicle then when you met the inevitable ambushin Jessica's words 'had their backs the whole time'. I'm sorry that you did not come back, sorry that you will not see your girls grow up. RIP, my friend,my hero, the girls and the nation will not forget you. Truly, you understood that a 'friend in need, is a friend in deed.' Jessie will tell your story to your kids and generations after. "In the arms of an angel, may you find some comfort" p.s. you'd be proud of Jessica, she's a class act just like you! Our condolences to the family"
M.E. of Fairchild AFB, WA

"My thoughts & prayers go out to all the Military men and women who are at war and especially those who have lost their lives. May God bless you forever. Thank you for everything, you are my hero! Rest in peace."
Amanda K. Casas of San Diego/Corpus Christi, Texas

"Lori, I t hink of you each day."
Daniel Morris of Waynesburg, PA

"I would like Lori to be remembered as a hero rather than another soldier fallen at Iraq. I really wish that i weren't typing this right now because she should have come home. She had more to live for than any of those soldiers over there. I am not saying that they aren't heroes either, just saying that she should have come home. I have met with her family and they seem like nothing happened. I don't understand how they can handle such a loss. Her kids are so gentle and precious, not knowing that their mother isn't coming home. Just think about how they will grow not knowing their mother. Not getting to know how she really was. Just want you to know that Lori Ann Piestewa Will Live forever!"
Montabeth Jaquez of Martin, SD/USA

"Time heals a broken heart, but the memory goes on. We will never forget that which has been done to preserve us. We will never forget those things which have brought us honor. We will never forget those who put themselves at risk on behalf of others.
May God bless Lori Ann's family for their loss. May God bless all those who are and have been at her side in battle.
The body may perish, but, the spirit lives on. This spirit has kept us free."
Larry Chewning of Cincinnati, Ohio

"As the parents of a daughter (Lulu) still serving in Iraq we send our heartfelt prayers and thoughts to the family of Lori Piestewa. Everytime I see her picture it makes me smile and feel sad at the same time. She had such a beautiful, welcoming smile. We send love and prayers to her children, parents, and other family members. I will think of her everytime I see the mountain renamed in her honor. God Bless her memory."
Barbara & Joseph Baskin of Ahwatukee, Arizona, USA

"Dear Family and loved ones of PFC Lori Ann Piestewa, I never met this brave lady personally. Her death broke my heart. I am mindful for what she gave for me as an American and for my children's future. Our country is greater because of her. She has left a legacy for us to look up to. She lived and served in excellence - to give more than most have an opportunity to give and be prepared to do so. With my deepest sympathy, love and gratitude,"
Christine Eberle of Labadie, Missouri

"I didn't know Lori Ann Piestewa on a personal level. I never met her in my life.God bless you Lori Ann Piestewa. My heart goes out to you at your loss. The world will be less because of your and our loss. I send you all my love and embrace you warmly.
Family Lori Ann Piestewa, I can't imagine the loss you are feeling right now. May God's love bring peace to you and your family through these hard times. Lori Ann Piestewa remain in my memory. She is a true hero at world
GOD BLESS AMERICA"
DARIUSZ CHORAK of ELBLAG POLAND EUROPE

"Our nation is poorer for the loss in battle of one of our daughters. My sincere condolences to her family and loved ones."
Dorothy Kroll, Retired military nurse

"TO the loved ones of Pfc.Piestewa May God be with you all...She is a true hero in my book...."
Stacey (Wife to a US Soldier) of Florida

"No greater gift can one give but ones own life for their family and friends.
I salute you Lori! God Bless you and your family"
Brian Lee Rolfe of Ona, West Virginia

"I just want to let PFC PIESTEWA know if she can hear me that when i saw her picture and knowing she had died made my heart sink and i felt hurt because im alive and am so sorry she is in the place where noone knows what happens until you get there..i hope that you are with god and that this evil world rids itself of all this bloodshed. it always seems harder for me to see a female casualty..but it just shows the braveness in your heart that your family nor us will ever forget..please rest in peace..SPC SANTOS FORT HOOD TEXAS"
SPC ALEJANDRO SANTOS JR of FORT HOOD TEXAS USA

"May we never forget the dear cost of our freedoms and especially the individuals who sacrificed all to maintain them. God Bless."
Gracie

"May God be with your family.I hope and pray that you will rest in peace.May God also be with your children.Condolences go out to the Piestewa family you are my hero and have inspired me and i want to THANK YOU for everything that u have done for this country.THANK YOU"
Shekia Hill of Columbus/Ga/US

"May God be with your family.I hope and pray that you will rest in peace.May God also be with your children.Condolences go out to the Piestewa family"
Shekia Hill of Columbus/Ga/US

"Lori Ann You a Hero and now a Angel! God bless You and God Bless Your Family!!! Thank You for serving Our Country!"

"You are gone and it leaves us poorer in spirit. You will always be missed greatly, even by those who never knew you. We never met, yet you have been one of the greatest inspirations of my life. I honor your spirit, may your family find comfort in knowing your sacrifice has touched everyone, native and non-native, pro-war and anti-war, young and old, we all have been touched by your spirit. Thank you."
H padilla of Los Angeles Ca

"The world will miss you forever. Your honor and courage I will keep in my heart. God Bless your family. Thank you, Lori."
Robin Cox of Moore, OK

"To the Family of Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa,
May you find strength in our Lord and comfort during this time of loss. As Lori's children grow older, our prayer is that they will know in a greater way what a HERO their mom is to our nation! God Bless You."
Sibert Family of Redondo Beach, California

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Lori Piestewa:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Lori for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Lori Piestewa:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. She will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Lori, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Pilamyia, Pvt. Piestewa, fallen but not forgotten! Thank you for insuring peace throughout the world, by your brave sacrifice we are truly made stronger, are more unified, and remain vigilant to the greater good for all!"
W. Joseph Gribb of Phoenix, Arizona

"May God bless you and your family. Your passing, although tragic, shall remind everyone of the bravery and honor of your actions in serving this great country."
Edward Perez of Ontario, CA, USA

"to piestewa family, my condolences..ur daughter is one great hero that we all going to remember for her bravery. may she rest in peace."
ivy of hawaii

"My heart and prayers go out to the family of Lori Ann Piestewa. Thank you Lori for fighting for my family. Peace be with you and all our loved ones. God Bless us all and keep us safe."
A.McCord of Ft. Mojave Indian Tribe, Needles, California

"Hope you stay strong and GOD BLESS YOU!"
Christopher Hoshnic of Sweetwater.AZ

"Hi! I am so sorry about your mother. I only wish your mother made it through, but stay strong. We're so sorry once again."
Kee family of Sweetwater.AZ

"Farewell proud and brave young sister!! From the account I've read, you and your fellows went down as true warriors. We burst with pride in your memory! May the good Lord have mercy on your soul and provide comfort and guidance to those you left behind. I don't know what religious beliefs you had, if any, but I am so happy that your physical body will be returned to the land of your ancestors so that your spirit be able to join them and not be troubled or lost."
Bryan of Silver Spring, MD

"Lori is a great inspiration to us all especially Native People. You are now and forever our Hero. We have another positive native woman to look up to and be proud of. Thank You for your service and may your spirit be at peace."
Vivian of Tucson AZ USA

"Beautiful laughing eyes, you now join the Great Spirit. Those you left behind are sore for your physical presence, but will never be sore for your spirit; for you remain with them, in their hearts, where you are forever protected and forever loved. Now, your spirit can better help the Great Spirit work to bring all tribes of man together, until love and understanding can overcome man's less noble traits. You represent all that is noble, in human beings, and all that the Great Spirit is capable of doing through human beings. Brave, true, loving. God bless and hold you, and your loved ones, Lori Ann."
Beverly of Long Island, NY

"Thank You for giving your life for me and my familie's Freedom, you didn't even know me and yet you died for me. I'll never forget you, and I'll live for you, thank you for giving me a second chance, thank you for giving me hope. As the Miss Indian Youth 2002- 2003, I and my tribe, the Standing Rock Reservation, salutes you and your family, here you are part of our tiwahe, or our Ohana.

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!"
Ta Sunke Gli Nanji Win of Bear Soldier District, McLaughlin South Dakota

"In peace you were a caring loving mother. In war you went to protect your children. Now you are with the Great Spirit protecting us all. Thank you for your bravery. You will be missed and remembered. God bless."
Watson of Albuquerque, NM

"AS A WOMAN I'M SO PROUD OF YOU BUT GOD TOOK YOU AWAY FROM US SO EARLY.I GUESS THATS WHAT GOD WANTED.YOU INSPIRED ME TO BE IN THE ARMY AND HAVE PRIDE IN MYSELF.I SAW A PICTURE OF YOU I SAW AN ANGEL. THANK YOU LORI PIESTEWA. WE WILL MISS YOU.GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY"
GLENDA V of UNIONDALE ,NEW YORK

"There is no greater honor than to uphold freedom and present it to others who have lived without it. You represent the finest of what our country holds dear. Your sacrifice will be cherished, not only by those who know you by name and spirit, but by those whom you have never met. Walk with G-d. Peace to your loved ones."
Martina Breuer of Mountain Home, Idaho

"Piestewa,you are always the community of Bylas AZ hero of 2003.

Bylas Tribe Az"
The Dona Family of Bylas AZ

"Lori is always my family The Astor familys hero of Peridot, AZ

Krystal Astor And FAmily"
Krystal Astor of Peridot, AZ

"Ms. Piestewa, your pictures of you in the newspapers will always let me remember that you died bravely for your country the U.S.A. Kimberly Quade AZ"
Kimberly Quade of San Carlos AZ

"Lori, you are my native american hero of my generation.

April age 17"
April of San Carlos, Az

"Lori you will be forever miss. You are my hero. Thank you for bringing us native people together to honor you. You bring some much pride to the Hopi Tribe."
Kimberley Masawiestewa-Hopi Tribe of Kykotsmovi, AZ

"May you be at peace my sister and hero PFC Piestewa. You have inspired and enchouraged me to continue to serve in the Army. You have shown us a sign where you have reunited all Native American tribes in the United States. All Native American tribes in the United State Honor, respect and Salute the Piestewa family for their commitment and dedication of their love one who sacrificed her life to protect our freedom, sacred lands and the United States of America."
SSG Peter-Gwi ch'in tribe of Venetie Indian Reservation-Alaska

"I had three soldiers names written on a piece of paper at my desk at work. Now I only have one. And that name is Lori Piestewa. My thoughts have been with her since I had heard she was missing in action. She was a woman, a mother of two and now she is a hero to all Americans. She is a hero to me. I will always look for you in the clouds Lori."
Amy Espinoza of San Diego, CA

"I remember gazing at your photo in Indian Country Today, I spent long minutes. A young beautiful indian girl. Gosh, I wish I knew her. She reminded me of all the friends I had ever met, the good times we had had... The carefree hours gone by. I felt cheated, Lori was someone I had yet to meet, to talk to, joke with and enjoy the moment. She was a girl I would have called my sister...

Thank you Lori for your devotion to this country. I will always be joyful, gladdened, and hopeful for your two little ones. They are always in my thoughts and prayers. May they always know what a brave little mama they had.

Lori, my little sister, be at peace, For your spirit lives on in so many others. Hohou.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Piestewa family, and the Hopi people."
Shawna of Ethete, Wyoming, USA

"RIP: To the fallen hopi angel and her loved ones. Myself and my Church are keeping you in our prayers. Don't fall from God and you will see her again someday. I'm proud and honored to be a native. Keep that pride. God bless.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaish 41:10"
Renee Stewart of Downey, California

"I am thinking of the families who have lost their loved ones in the war. I have faith that our government will not let their deaths have been in vain...all of the nations must work together...without greed...to bring peace to the middle east."
Sally of upstate New York

"What greater person can there be than one who gives it's life for the freedom of mankind. Your name will be remembered, always!!!!"
Stefan V. of Mol, Belgium

"MAY THE PEACE OF THE LORD BE WITH YOUR LOVED ONES IN THIS TIME OF SORROW YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN OUR HEARTS!"
A PROUD NATIVE AMERICAN( NAVAJO TRIBE) of CRYSTAL,N.M.

"MAY THE PEACE OF THE LORD BE WIH YOUR LOVED ONES IN THIS TIME OF SORROW YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN OUR HEARTS!"
A PROUD NATIVE AMERICAN( NAVAJO TRIBE) of CRYSTAL,N.M.

"We will remember your soft smile, deep laughing eyes, and your small cute face that came into our lives 23 yrs ago in the small house in Tuba City. Today the golden yellow jet trail raced the sun as it set in the west and we cried for you. Now in a town far from Tuba we send our prayers to your family and children and to all who lost someone they love in Iraq."
Louanna & Leroy Razo of Pueblo, Colorado

"Your name will not be forgotten. I will remember you. When I hear people talk of heroes-It will be the name Lori Ann Piestewa-that I will remember. You are now safe in the arms of God. We love you Lori."
Larry Bowden of Salt Lake City, Utah

"RIP Brave one. Our heart breaks for the suffering you endured but we know you are in heaven now with the Lord. You are in a most beautiful place now..This nation will never forget you..."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"Thank you for allowing your hero to protect our freedoms!"
Holly of VA

"Lori will be greatly missed, by those who knew her, and by those who've heard of her. She may not be here in body, she'll always be here in spirit. Never let her kids forget that. Lori is an inspiration for us all, for what she was and what she was willing to do for her country. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family."
Punkin of Winnebago Tribe-Nebraska

"Pfc. Lori Piestewa You will Be Missed and Never Forgetton! Semper Fi!!!!!!"
Alexander Chambers of Tempe AZ

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on