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Register now for Native American veteran memorial procession

The organizers of a ceremony to mark the opening of the first memorial to honor Native American veterans are seeking those who want to be part of history.

The National Native American Veterans Memorial is set to be dedicated on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

A procession will take place before the dedication ceremony. Organizers are encouraging Native American veterans and their family and friends to register to participate.

The memorial is the first to recognize the service of Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is adjacent to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Native Americans have served in every branch of the U.S. military since the American Revolution and in larger numbers per capita than any other ethnic group.

Read more from the Seminole Tribune here.

The dedication ceremony will take place on the grounds of the museum, located on the National Mall.

The interactive memorial was designed by artist Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne and Arapaho) of Oklahoma.

The interactive memorial was designed by artist Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne and Arapaho) of Oklahoma. (Courtesy NMAI)

It consists of a large elevated stainless steel circle balanced on a carved stone drum. It incorporates water for sacred ceremonies and benches for gathering and reflection.

Events to mark the occasion are planned from Nov. 11 to Nov. 15, including a concert, access to the memorial, exhibition tours and cultural and musical performances.

In addition, Native American groups have an opportunity to perform at the museum. The performances will take place at varying times during event days.

To register to be a part of the procession route, click here.

To submit an application to perform, click here.

To receive updates on the memorial and dedication events, which are sent via email by the National Museum of the American Indian, click here.

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Damon Scott
Damon is a multimedia journalist for the Seminole Tribune. He has previously been an editor and reporter for digital and print media in Florida and his home state of New Mexico. Send him an email at damonscott@semtribe.com.
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