VETERANS OF THE WIND RIVER RESERVATION
The Wind River Reservation is located in southwestern Wyoming near Lander, Wyoming. This scenic and mountainous reservation is home to over 3,900 Eastern Shoshone and 8,600 Northern Arapahoe enrolled tribal members and contains over 2.2 million acres of land within its exterior boundary.
Native Americans serve in the United States’ Armed forces at five times the national average. The Veterans from the Wind River Reservation have served our country for over 175 years, long before they were even citizens. According to the Department of Defense, more than 23,000 of the 1.2 million men and women on active duty in the U.S. military today are American Indians or Alaska Natives.
At last count, over 1,000 service members from the reservation or their families have submitted names to be included in the memorial. The Path of Honor project at its core seeks to unify, include, and inspire. It encourages us all to come together to learn about, preserve, and honor the incredible courage, commitment, and sacrifice of all Veterans who have lived on the Reservation.
This community-based project is dedicated to honoring our warriors from all branches of the U.S. military, including Veterans and active military.
"When I see the flag of our country, the Eagle staff or an Eagle flying so high and free, grant that in my own way, I shall remember all those warriors who have served and are presently serving in our armed forces.
Grant that I may remember to take a little time to honor all those brave warriors that have fallen in battle and that we may not forget the sacrifice they have given to protect our way of life and the freedom we have and enjoy.
For that I will always be thankful."
Vietnam Veteran, Eastern Shoshone