Thursday, April 1, 2010

Arizona Legislature Honors Navajo Code Talkers

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – On April 1, the Arizona State Senate unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 2026, which recognizes and honors the contributions of the Navajo Code Talkers to American history and military success during World War II. The House of Representatives unanimously passed the same HCR on March 31.

“I am glad that the state of Arizona continues to recognize and honor the Navajo Code Talkers,” said Hale. “Through such recognition all Native Americans and their substantial contributions to American history, past and present, are recognized and honored.”

“I am grateful for and proud of the Navajo Code Talkers,” said Hale. “While their numbers have diminished, their contributions will long be remembered and honored. Peace and honor to the Navajo Code Talkers.”

On March 31, three of the Navajo Code Talkers joined the Senate in celebration along with their wives, descendents, staff and members of the Navajo Code Talkers Association.

Keith Little, 87, is originally from Tonalea, Ariz. He served with the 4th Marine Division and currently serves as the President of the Navajo Code Talkers Association and as the President of the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation. On the passage of the HCR, Little said, "Thank you! Please tell Mr. Hale 'Ahe'hee' I'm very enthused that the resolution has passed."

Samuel Tso, 87, is from Lukachukai, Ariz. He is the Vice President of the Navajo Code Talkers Association and a board member of the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation.

Alfred Peaches, 84, is from Winslow, Ariz. He is a board member of the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation.

It is nearly 70 years since the Navajo Code Talkers took their place in history. They were sworn to secrecy for over two decades and did not receive a heroes’ welcome upon their return home.

Rep. Chris Deschene is the primary House sponsor of the bill and Sen. Hale is a primary sponsor of the bill.

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