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    EM: HE Piestewa Family preview

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    SEASON FINALE

    ON ITS SEASON FINALE, ABC'S "EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITON" BUILDS A NEW HOME FOR THE FAMILY OF A FALLEN NATIVE AMERICAN HEROINE, PFC LORI PIESTEWA -- KILLED IN IRAQ -- AND CONSTRUCTS A CENTER FOR NATIVE AMERICAN MILITARY VETERANS

    Former POW Jessica Lynch -- Lori's Best Friend and Roommate in Iraq -- Will Be on Board for the Build

    "Piestawa Family, Parts 1 & 2" -- When PFC Lori Piestewa was in Iraq, she told her roommate and best friend, PFC Jessica Lynch, that her dream was to return to her home in Tuba City, Arizona and build her parents a house to which they could retire. But in March 2003, Lori lost her life, becoming the first American woman killed in the Iraq war. Lori died while trying to save the lives of her friends, Jessica Lynch and Shoshannah Johnson, as she navigated her Humvee through gunfire and debris when it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

    In two back-to-back Season Finale episodes airing SUNDAY, MAY 22 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), the design team from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and homebuilder Shea Homes will help restore Lori's dream by building her surviving family a new house in just seven days in Flagstaff, Arizona, on land donated by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

    In addition to the building of the new home in Flagstaff, the design team, workers and volunteers from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will also be building simultaneously a Veteran's Memorial Center on the Navajo Reservation in Tuba City, on land belonging to the Navajo Nation. The building will be the first of its kind and is for Native Americans who served in the armed services. Dozens of Navajo and Hopi military veterans attended the center's dedication festivities. Lori was the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and the granddaughter of a World War II veteran.

    Lori is also believed to be the first Native American woman to die in a foreign war. She was a true warrior spirit who fought and died for her country. The 23-year-old divorced mother left behind two young children, Brandon and Carla Whiterock, who are six and five years old, respectively, and are being cared for by Lori's parents, Percy and Terry Piestewa. Currently the family lives in a rented 1200 square-foot mobile home on a reservation in Tuba City, Arizona.

    Percy, a junior high school administrative assistant and his wife, Terry, who works as a maintenance worker at the same junior high school, would like to move to Flagstaff, where they can be closer to family. Now, with help from neighboring tribes, as well as the EM: HE design team, the Piestewas will be able to raise their grandchildren in a new home. They will also have a proper place to put all of the many mementos that they've received from people all over the world who wanted to honor their fallen heroine daughter.

    Lori has received many posthumous honors, including being promoted from Private First Class to Specialist First Class by the U.S. Army. Last Memorial Day she was remembered with rose petals in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, and she was honored on September 21, 2004 at the opening ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

    Jessica Lynch will be on board for the build. In 2003, the nation was captivated by the story of POWs Lynch and Johnson, and how Lori Piestewa lost her life trying to save them. Of her beloved friend, Jessica said: "We were not similar in size, frame, race, religion or origin, but in our friendship, only one heart existed with two people connected."

    While the building takes place, Terry and Percy Piestewa and the grandchildren will be on vacation at Walt Disney World. Upon their return to their new 4336-square-foot home, over 3500 relatives, friends and members from the Native American community cheered for the family at the reveal.

    The design team for these episodes of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney, Preston Sharp, Constance Ramos, Ed Sanders and Eduardo Xol. The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. It's executive-produced by Tom Forman.

    These programs carry a TV-PG parental guideline.

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    This was such a beautiful episode. Only the 2nd time I've seen Ty brought to tears. This really pulled at my heartstrings. Especially when Ty, Paige and Paul went to the top of Piestawa Peak to place the sign and they were just sitting there reflecting while Paul played a beautifully soft "Amazing Grace" on the harmonica. For those who are trying to find out what was written beautifully on the wall in Laurie Piestawa's memorial room, it is a beautiful poem written by Mary Elizabeth Frye. And here it is:
    Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye

    Do not stand at my grave and weep;
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.
    Hurley: (holding up a Jesus statue) I don't know. I thought there might be a prowler or something.
    Mrs. Reyes: (grabbing the statue) Jesus Christ is not a weapon! - LOST "There's No Place Like Home Pt. 1

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    Awww! What a sweet poem that's very nice. Thanks for posting it!
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    Thanks for posting that. I knew I recognized the first couple of lines but they didnt let us read it during the show so I am glad you posted it...thanks again!

    This was a sad episode...I wonder though what the story with their father is. Its sad that he is not around especially since the mom died!

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    Something tells me he's got a life of his own somewhere else and was probably out of the picture by the time Carla was born since no mention was even made of him. My guess is he didn't care enough to even try to be there. That poem was difficult. At first, when I found the pic of it from the EM:HE website, I thought I could enlarge it so I could see the whole thing but I still couldn't make out some of the words so I googled the first few lines and there it was. TY Google.
    Hurley: (holding up a Jesus statue) I don't know. I thought there might be a prowler or something.
    Mrs. Reyes: (grabbing the statue) Jesus Christ is not a weapon! - LOST "There's No Place Like Home Pt. 1

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    I couldn't help myself and I cried my eyes out when the went into Lori's room. It was so sweet. I also cried for those little girls.
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    Those kids were so cute...its a shame if the dad is not in their life. The mere fact that he was not mentioned even once pretty much shows he is not around. Maybe there are circumstances where he is better off out of their life! So sad that those poor kids lost their mom; good thing they have such wonderful grandparents.

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