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Escorts/Announcements

The Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders are composed of individuals from across the Navajo and Hopi Nations, and are involved in events when and where requested, time and distance permitting.  All requests are circulated, and those in attendance will stand in for those who cannot.  When you see Honor Riders, rest assured there are more with your event in their thoughts and prayers.

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AUGUST:

02 - Welcome Escort for MR. & MRS. ISIAH HADLEY, NAVY. Staging 10:00am Navajo Nation Veterans park in Window Rock, AZ. KSU  10:45am, brief stop at Burnside and arrival 11:45am in Chinle, AZ

JULY:

26 - Korean War Honor Walk, Honor Relay, Honor Bike Run.KSU 9:am Honor Bike Rrun from Baca/Prewitt chapter to Walter Collins Gym Upper Fruitland chapter. 12:pm Honor Gourd Dance for Korean Veterans & Luncheon.   Contact: Olsen Nez 505-870-0933.

25 - Funeral Escort for EDWARD B ANDERSON, MARINE VETERAN. NAVAJO CODE TALKER. Viewing 9:00am at Ganado Presbyterian church. Services begin 10:00am, following escort to Veterans Cemetery in Fort Defiance for burial. Reception to follow.

25 - Korean War Honor Walk, Honor Relay, Honor Bike Run. 8:am Honor Relay from Thoreau (I-40) to Farmington up NM Vietnam Veterans Hwy 371. Contact: 
Sam Sage 505-360-2090.

24 - Korean War Honor Walk, Honor Relay, Honor Bike Run. 12:pm-4:pm Baca/Prewitt chapter Honor Walk to Thoreau chapter. 
Contact: Mike Bekis 505-330-9966.

19 - Funeral Escort for FRANK SANDOVAL, MARINE. VIETNAN VETERAN.  Staging 7:30am at Rollies in Gallup, NM. KSU 8:00am and route to Window Rock Christian Reform church for services beginning 10:00am. Following services, escort to Rehoboth cemetery for burial. Contact: Marvin Frank 623-826-7302.

13 - Welcome Home Escort - Surprise for a U.S. Army Solider. Staging, 1:00 pm (MST) Hopi truck plaza, off exit 189 just before you get to Holbrook. KSU: When Solider arrives. Route: Hwy 77, through Indian Wells to WhiteCone, AZ.

12 - Welcome Home & Appreciation Escort for TERRY LEWIS, MARINE VETERAN. Staging 10:00am  at Window Rock Veterans Park. KSU 11:00am and route to Sanders chapter house.

09 - Funeral Escort for GILBERT BEKIS, MARINE VETERAN. MEMBER OF THE 1981 NAVAJO CODE TALKERS COMMEMORATIVE PLATOON. Services 10:00am at Dineh Christian Center in Shiprock, NM. (Old chapter house location). Escort to Kirtland-Fruitland cemetery. Reception follows at Nennahnezad Community School. Contact: Delbert Bekis 505-947-9507.

04 - Freedom's Thunder Parade. Public invited. Grand Marshals are motorcycles. Line up 8:30am, I-40 exit 359 south frontage road. Parade begins 10:00am and route to TseSiAni chapter area. Includes at ride through before the parade. Contact: 505-870-6909.

JUNE:

30 - Funeral Escort for FRANK CURLEY, SR. ARMY WWII VETERAN. Services 10:00am in Rehoboth, NM. Following services escort to family burial plot in Navajo, NM.

28 - Appreciation Honor Escort for DAN AKEE, NAVAJO CODE TALKER. Placement of "Navajo Code Talker" sign made by Tuba City students will be placed. Staging 11:30am at Tuba City Warrior Pavilion parking lot. KSU 11:55am to Mr. Akee's residence behind car wash on Main Street.

28 - Honoring Past & Present Veterans Bike Run/Gourd Dance. In remembrance of US Navy Mike Begay Sr.,Edward Begay and all Veterans. Flag raising ceremony 6:30 am at Begay residence in Round Rock, AZ. Depart 8:00am to Window Rock, AZ. Staging 9:30am at Window Rock Veterans park. Registration $10 rider/$5 passenger, includes commemorative shirt and door prize ticket. KSU 10:00am and route Burnside-Chinle-Many Farms-Round Rock. Contact: Murry Begay 928-349-7824.

27 - Funeral Escort for MICHAEL ALCOTT, SR. MARINE VETERAN. Staging 11:00am at Cope Memorial in Gallup, NM. KSU 12:00pm and route to Fort Defiance Veterans Cemetery. Contact: Michael Alcott, Jr. 505-870-4694.

23 - Funeral Escort for GEORGE REDHAIR, ARMY VETERAN. Staging 7:30am at Tse Bonito mortuary. KSU 8:00am and route to Pinon, AZ. Services and burial in Kitsillie, AZ.

22 - Welcome Home Escort for MICHAEL GIBHART III, NAVY SC2. Staging 11:00am at Denny's (east side) in Gallup, NM. KSU 12:00pm and escort to Manuelito chapter house. Contact: Angelina Spencer 505-906-2008.

20 - Funeral Escort for LARRY JUAN, ARMY VETERAN. Staging 9:30am at Bank of America parking lot in Tse Bonito, NM. KSU 10:00am with escort to Our Lady of Parish in Chinle, AZ for viewing and services beginning 12:00pm and 1:00pm. Following services escort to Chinle Veterans cemetery, depending upon road conditions.

17 Funeral Escort for SIDNEY BEDONIE, NAVAJO CODE TALKER. STAGING: Fry’s Food Center. 39508 N. Daisy Mountain Drive. Phoenix, AZ (actually,it may fall under “New River” or “Anthem” depending upon your GPS age) DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 227 off of I-17; go east 1 mile on Daisy Mountain Drive. TIME: 0830 hours
BRIEFING: 0900 hours KSU: 0930 hours SHARP! We will meet Sidney and the procession from Winslow at the above staging location, and escort Sidney to the Phoenix National Cemetery. FLAG LINE (at Phoenix National Cemetery): 1020 hours (Service at the cemetery is scheduled for1030 hours) All times are MST.

16 - Funeral Escort for SIDNEY BEDONIE, NAVAJO CODE TALKER. WWII & KOREAN WAR VETERAN.: Staging 8:00am at Greer's Mortuary. 316 West 2nd Street in Winslow, AZ. KSU 8:30am and escort to LDS Stake Center. Flag line for arrival and departure. Viewing 9:00am-11:00am at LDS Stake Center in Winslow, AZ. Services at 11:00am. Escort back to mortuary.

14 - Welcome Home Escort for GARRET AHO, MARINE. Staging 9:00am at Burnside Junction. KSU 10:00am and escort to Sanders, AZ at Rim Range area, house 14. Contact: Gloria Todachinnie 928-550-0895.

13 - Funeral Escort for BEVERLY TSOSIE JIMENEZ, MARINE SGT, RETIRED. Staging 8:00am at Rollie's. Services 10:00am at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Gallup, NM. Following services escort to Gallup city cemetery for burial. Reception at chapter house in Lupton, AZ.

10 - Funeral Escort for CHESTER NEZ, NAVAJO CODE TALKER WWII. Per NMPGR: STAGING INFO - 06-10-2014: Location: TA Truck Stop 2501 University Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM StagingTime: 8:30A.M. Special Instructions: BRIEFING: 8:45 AM KICK-STANDS-UP: 9:00 AM- Travel to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4020 Lomas Blvd. NE (3 miles) FLAG-LINE: 9:30-10 AM And at the conclusion of services. ESCORT: To SFNC (70 miles) FLAG-LINE: 1:25 PM – During full-honors ceremony.

05 - Funeral Escort for VERNON TRACY, ARMY VETERAN. Staging at Silver Creek Mortuary in Window Rock, AZ. KSU 6:00am and escort to Presbyterian church in Ganado, AZ. Contact: Jim Wilson 314-402-5924

03 - Funeral Escort for THOMAS SINGER, Navajo Hopi Honor Rider from Dilkon, AZ. Staging 9:30am MST at Greer's Mortuary (316 W 2nd St)Winslow, AZ. KSU after family veiwing 10:30am and escort to family plot turnoff in Dilkon.

 MAY:
31 - Funeral Escort for LOUIS DODSON, SR., ARMY VETERAN. Escort from Tuba City Mortuary to Lechee Nazarene church for services at 10:00am MST. Following services escort to burial site on Hwy 98 at milepost 317.75 (about half way to Kaibeto, 1/3 mile off road. Rough but not sandy. There will be a spot for bike parking.) Reception following at Lechee chapter house.

17 - Funeral Escort for TOM JONES, JR., NAVAJO CODE TALKER. Cope Memorial Chapel in Kirtland, NM. KSU 8:30am and escort to Dine' Christian Center in Shiprock, NM. Services begin at 10:00am. Following services escort to Shiprock Veterans Cemetery. Melissa Clifford 505-360-0984
 
17 - Welcome Home Escort for SSG Andrea Denetso, US Army Unit: HHC, 15th Regimental Signal Brigade, Ft. Gordon,Georgia. MOS: Signal Support System Specialist. 13 years active duty, Medical Retirement. A group of NMPGR riders will meet-up with her at the Jamestown Pilot station exit 39, 17 miles east of Gallup, at 12 noon.
We will meet the New Mexico PGR at the Arizona Welcome Center located at Exit 359 (Lupton-- near Chief Yellowhorse). We will travel I-40 to Exit 333 (Chambers) then travel North on 191 to Klagetoh (about 30 Miles). Contact: Lorita George 602-754-4548

10 - Christopher Gonzalez Memorial. Staging in Leupp, AZ. KSU 10:30am and route to Birdsprings chapter house. see Annual Run/ Memorial page.

10 - Welcome Home Escort for COREY J. HUDSON, SPC ARMY. Returning from Afghanistan. Staging 12:00pm at Conoco service station (Winona/Townsend Rd). KSU 12:30pm and route to Tuba City, AZ with arrival at 2:00pm.

03 - Welcome Home Escort for MR & MRS AMOS JAMES, ARMY. Staging at Veterans Park in Window Rock, AZ. KSU 4:00pm and escort to Gallup Community Center.

03 - HONOR ESCORT for late, Honorable Nelson McCabe, Judge. Served as Navajo Nation Judge in the late 70s. Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation in the late 80s, was a former Chapter Official for Kinlichee Chapter. Staging 10:30am at St. Michaels Church. Funeral services begin at 10:00am. Following services escort to Kinlichee Community Cemetery.

APRIL:

26 - Funeral Escort for ALVIN M. SMITH, ARMY. WORLD WAR II VETERAN. Staging 10:00am Desert View Mortuary in Shiprock, NM. KSU 11:00am and route to Rose Garden burial grounds located behind Northern Edge Casino. Reception following at chapter house west of casino. Contact: Shonie 505-427-7621.

23 - 2014 Hopi Code Talkers Recognition Day "Through Humble Duty and Sacrifice" 9:00am - 3:00pm MST. Hopi Veterans Memorial Center, Kykotsmovi, AZ. Invited to pay tribute and recognize the Hopi Code Talkers and other Native American Code Talkers who served during World Wars I and II. For more information, contact Hopi Veterans Services 928-737-1834. Staging at Hopi Cultural Center 9:30am DST and KSU 10:00am DST.

22 - Funeral Escort for JAMES BEN YAZZIE, ARMY KOREAN VETERAN. Escort from Silver Creek Mortuary in Gallup, NM. KSU 7:00am to church. Services begin 10:00am at Klagetoh Catholic church in Klagetoh, AZ. Contact: Orlene 928-309-0097

21 - Funeral Escort for SAMUEL J. SMITH, SR. USMC NAVAJO CODE TALKER. Services will be held at 9:00am on Monday, April 21st at the Santa Maria Catholic Church in McCartys, NM. Request is made to escort the body from the Compassion Mortuary in Grants, NM at 8:00 am to the church for the 9:00am service, then to the Mount of Peace Cemetery. A reception will immediately follow at the Gerald Chino American Legion Hall, 68 Pinbaari Drive , Pueblo of Acoma. All Riders are welcome to stay and eat with the family. Any questions contact: Ernest Thompson 505-409-3799

19 - SFC Westbrook Silver Star headstone unveiling. KIA Army. Patriot Guard Riders and Navajo Hopi Honor Riders, have been invited to participate in an honorable event for KIA hero SFC Kenneth Westbrook. Staging 10:30am at Courtyard By Marriott, 560 Scott Ave,    Farmington, NM. Briefing 11:00am. ESCORT: To Shiprock Cemetery (30 miles) FLAG-LINE: “During graveside ceremony” Reception following at Shiprock High School.

09 - Funeral Escort for BEN WHITEHORSE, SR., WWII VETERAN.  Staging 8:45am at Desert View Funeral Home in Shiprock, NM. KSU 9:00am route through Chimney Rock to Montezuma Creek, UT. Contact: 435.220.0073.

08 - Welcome Home Escort for SGT TROY YAZZIE, ARMY RETIRED. Stationed in Fort Campbell with 101st Airborne. 
Staging at Tuviis 12:30pm. KSU 12:45pm and head south on 264. 
Staging 1:00pm at Coalmine chapter road and Hwy 264 and route to Tuba City chapter house.

06 - Welcome Home Escort for JOY HOLLONQUEST, SSGT AIR FORCE. Parents Denise Canyon-Billy and the late Tommy Billy, Sr. KSU 10:30am Safeway parking lot in Gallup, NM. KSU 11:45am Burger King parking lot in Burnside, AZ. KSU 12:30pm Mustang Gas Station in Keams Canyon, AZ. Arrival in Tuba City, AZ 2:00pm.

 MARCH:
23 - Piestewa Fallen Heroes Memorial. Sunrise Memorial and Evening Reception with Candlelight Vigil. see Annual Run/Memorial page.

22 - Funeral Escort for SHANNON OTHERMEDICINE, USMC. Staging Cope Memorial Chapel in Gallup, NM (1830 Barbara Ave). KSU 8:00am and escort to Assembly of God Church in Fort Defiance, AZ. Contact: Ruth 505.713.4036.

20 & 21 -  Veterans Training Summit for Veterans, Families of Veterans, Service Providers. Registration is Free. Twin Arrows Resort & Casino, east of Flagstaff, AZ along I-40. Questions: Lorae HoMana Pawiki 928-776-5306. Exhibit Booth: Matt Herriman 928-460-1087.

07 -  Funeral Escort for JASON RAY CHIEF, AIR FORCE VETERAN. Staging 6:45am Desert Memorial in Tuba City, AZ. KSU at 7:00am and escort to gravesite service 10:00am at Baby Rock near Kayenta, AZ. Request by Commander Ricky Grey, Kayenta Veterans Organization and contact 928-429-0918.

FEBRUARY:

22 - 69th Anniversary of the Iwo Jima Flag Raising. Sacaton, AZ. Military Parade and Flyover to begin at 8:30am. Ceremonies to follow at the Mathew B. Juan, Ira H. Hayes Veterans Memorial Park in Sacaton. For all questions please call 520.562.8484. Parade entry has been completed.

22 - Funeral Escort for LANCE DAVISON, USMC Veteran. Flagstaff, AZ. Services 10:00am at Trinity Heights Church, 3600 N Fourth Street, East Flagstaff. Staging 10:30am at church. KSU 11:00am following services. Procession route: south on North Fourth Street. West on Huntington, connect to Butler, south on San Francisco to cemtery. Interment at Citizens Cemetery, 1300 S San Francisco Street, with Military Honors.

22 - Funeral Escort for WILLARD PARKER, Veteran. Services 10:00am at LDS church in St. Michaels, AZ. Following services at 12:00pm, escort to Veterans Cemetery in Fort Defiance, AZ.

21 - Funeral Escort for CALVIN JOHN, Army Nation Guard. Services 10:00am at Pinon Hills Community church, 5101 N Dustin Ave, Farmington, NM. Following services escort to Community Cemetery in Kirtland, NM. Contact: Cory John 505.320.9738.

18 - Funeral Escort for VINCENT YAZZIE, Army Veteran. Staging 9:30am at St. Mary's Catholic church in Tohatchi, NM. Services begin 10:00am. KSU 11:00am and escort to Naschitti, NM.

17 - Lupton Veterans' Benefit Ride for Annual Honor Run T-Shirts. 9:00 - 9:45am Staging Window Rock Veterans' Park. 10:00am KSU. 10:30 - 11:00am Burnside (registration/ fuel stop). 11:30am-12:15pm Chinle (Junction Restaurant, breakfast on your own). 12:45pm-1:15pm Tsaile (registration stop if needed). 1:45pm-2:15pm Navajo, NM (fuel stop). 3:00pm Window Rock. Registration Fee: Rider $20 and Passenger $5.  Proceeds will be used to offset cost of t-shirts for 2014 Navajo Hopi Honor Run and Lori Piestewa Ride.

11 - Funeral Escort for ARTHUR J. HUBBARD, SR. Navajo Code Talker USMC. STAGING LOCATION 1. PGR STAGING: 0915. BRIEFING: 0945. FLAG LINE: 1000. KSU: 1200 (estimated). LOCATION: Church Services at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Viewing: 9:00 am - 1030 am. Service: 10:30 am - 11:30 am. STAGING LOCATION 2. PGR STAGING: 1130. BRIEFING: 1200. FLAG LINE: 1215. LOCATION: Internment at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024. Burial: 1:00 pm.

 
JANUARY:

22 - Funeral Escort for FERNANDO CURTIS, MARINE PFC. Staging at Silver Creek Mortuary 8:30am. KSU 9:00am and route from Tse Bonito, NM to Kinlichee, AZ. Contact Barb Curtis 928-551-0818.
  
06 - Funeral Escort for JAMES CATRON, ARMY Veteran. Staging at Valley Ridge Funeral Home in Tuba City, AZ. KSU and route to Citizens Cemetery in Flagstaff, AZ. Services at 10:00am. Honor Guard arriving at 9:15am.

02 -  Funeral Escort for THOMAS WILLIE, ARMY Veteran. Staging 9:00am Cope Memorial in Gallup, NM. KSU 10:00am and route from Gallup to Thoreau, NM. Services at 11:00am Thoreau Baptist Church. Reception 12:00pm at Thoreau chapter house. Contact Shirleen Willie 505-406-6951