January 10, 2005

Virginia Guard celebrates Native American culture


Guest speakers Curtis “Silver Fox” Smith (far right) and Juanita “She Who Hugs” Smith (center) of the Nansemond Tribe pose with State Equal Opportunity Manger Major Elijah Ramsey. (Photo courtesy Virginia Guard Equal Employment Office)

By Maj. Elijah Ramsey
State Equal Employment Manger

The Virginia National Guard celebrated American Indian Heritage on Nov. 18, 2004 in the newly renovated Fort Pickett officers club.

The success of this year’s program can be attributed to several internal and external resources. Nottoway County employers were instrumental in the setup of the facility. The Hermitage High School Marine Corps ROTC posted the colors while members of the Nottoway County High school choir sung the National Anthem.

Sgt. 1st Class Cindy Hawthorne gave the invocation for the program. After the invocation, Col. Stephen Huxtable gave opening remarks for the 128 in attendance at the program.

The guest speakers for this year’s program were Mr. & Mrs. H. Curtis Smith from the Nansemond tribe, which is located in Chesapeake and Suffolk Va. The Smith’s gave an enlightening presentation on the history and culture of their tribe.

In the middle of the presentation, Huxtable was invited to participate in one dance that the Nansemond tribe performs.

After the benediction, the Hermitage High School ROTC color guard retrieved the colors and the attendees were able to try different food samples.

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