For more than 130 years, members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community have served in the U.S. military, sacrificing their freedom so everyday citizens could have their freedom. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick saluted nine SRPMIC veterans on Friday, November 11, on Military Appreciation Day during the Fall League.
The honored Community-member veterans were Edward “Pacer” Reina, III, Garnette Gates, Joseph James, Larry Schurz, Ricardo Leonard, Daniel “Danny” Harvier, Consuelo Salazar-Torres, Kayzehn Enas and Franklin Kauakahi.
Each veteran was escorted by a member of the Salt River Royalty to a base or a position out on the field while a short biography of their military service was read out loud.
The honoring and game, which was between the Mesa Solar Sox and Salt River Rafters, was broadcast on ESPN.
Gates’ biography said it all about how people should feel on Veterans Day. “He’d like people to remember on this Veterans Day to honor all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and also remember those who were wounded.”