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Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President

On Thursday May 23, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez joined the members of the Navajo Hopi Honor Riders for the start of the four-day 17th Annual Lori Piestewa Navajo Hopi Honor Ride in Window Rock, Arizona, in honor of Gold and Blue Star families and our fallen warriors who served our country.

The annual ride brought together veterans and volunteers from several states and Canada for the 1,200-mile motorcycle ride through the states of Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. Along the way, the group stopped in several communities to take part in scheduled ceremonies with Gold and Blue Star families to recognize and honor veterans who gave their lives serving our country, and those who continue to serve currently.   

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“We wish all of the riders a safe and memorable journey to honor our Gold and Blue Star families,” said President Nez. “Vice President Myron Lizer and I will keep you in our prayers as we remember all of our Diné men and women that have given their lives for our country and those who currently serve.”

This year’s ride included participants from the states of Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, and California. They were joined by the honorable Clarence Louie, who is the Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band in Canada. This marks the fourth year that Chief Louie has taken part in the honor ride.  

Former Council Delegate and current Fort Defiance Chapter President Larry Anderson, provided a blessing for the safety of the riders and Navajo Hopi Honor Riders President Bobby Martin provided remarks and safety tips for the riders. Council Delegate Wilson C. Stewart, Jr. also offered his well wishes and words of encouragement to the riders.  

President Nez reminded drivers to be aware and use caution for the safety and well-being of the honor riders as they traveled to Flagstaff on Thursday, to Kayenta on Friday, to Towac on Saturday, and to Window Rock on Sunday.   

“We thank Chief Louie and all of the honor riders for volunteering their time and resources for this great event, and we look forward to welcoming them back to the capital of the Navajo Nation in a few days,” said Vice President Lizer.