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Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Ceremony Held at Talking Stick Resort

President Delbert Ray Sr. gives his opening speech at the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Ceremony on Oct. 27.

On October 27, Talking Stick Resort hosted the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony.

More than 500 people in attendance witnessed 25 Arizona veterans inducted into the hall of fame.

“Honorees are veterans who serve, or have honorably served, their country through military service and who also serve and inspire their fellow citizens with deeds and accomplishments outside their military service,” according to the program.

SRPMIC Council member Ricardo Leonard introduces the dance to the audience.
In appreciation of the veterans, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community President Delbert W. Ray, Sr. helped open the ceremony with a speech.

“We honor and recognize your dedication and commitment to give back to your communities after military service,” he said, “and to provide selfless services for others, especially to those fellow veterans in need. You are helping to build strong communities for our veterans, our service men, women and families.” President Ray also expressed his gratitude for the 450-plus Community veterans.

The SRPMIC Traditional Dancers dance during the opening ceremony. Proudly showing their baskets to the audience.
After President Ray’s speech, the Salt River Traditional Dancers shared a song and dance. Council member Ricardo Leonard offered a brief description of the Basket Dance, allowing the audience to be fully immersed into the dance.