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wanted it to be something significant
and meaningful, and it was
just such a meaningful day for us to
have them present. "
The dedication and annual memorial
event is extremely meaningful
for the Piestewa family, as well.
" It brings healing to me in a way,
because my mom's comrades and
people who were with her on the
day she passed come to her memorial
every year, " says Whiterock.
" They want to talk to me and they
bring up the good times, the good
memories of her. We also bring up
the hard memories that are difficult
to talk about, but it helps me heal. "
Whiterock says having that community
of support has helped him
get
through some monumental
things in life, such as graduating
from Northern Arizona University,
which he recently accomplished.
He now works on campus at the
Veterans Center, where he assists
veterans and their dependents with
military education benefits.
" Just knowing that they're still
here and supportive of our family
and other veterans, and what we
want the mountain to stand for, it's
just amazing, " he says. " Coming
together through tragedy and finding
something else is just amazing,
and something that in our darkest
days helps us find light. "
Making Piestewa Peak
More Accessible and
Honoring the Original
Stewards
Mountain preserves are such an
important part of the history in
Phoenix, and the parks and recreation
department recognized there
was some necessary work
that
needed to be done in order for Piestewa
Peak to be more accessible.
The dedication of the Ocotillo Ramada at
Piestewa Peak included the unveiling of awardwinning
updates.
Nearly a million people from all
over
the
country visit
Piestewa
Peak each year, so it was important
to invest in this space to ensure everyone
is able to enjoy it.
" So many people come to enjoy
and explore our trails, but we also
wanted to provide space for people
who maybe just wanted an opportunity
to come, sit and enjoy the
serene environment, and maybe
pay respect to their culture or history, "
says Aguilar. " We didn't have
a space like that up here before,
so the Ocotillo Ramada at Piestewa
Peak provides that. But it's so
much more than just a ramada, it
provides a space to pay respect to
Lori, her family and their culture. "
Besides the ramada, the department
installed ADA-accessible
restrooms and other improvements,
like trail connections, so that more
people could access the beautiful
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