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Navajo Code Talkers Day 2022

Back in 1982, President Ronald Reagan established a presidential proclamation that stated August 14th would be the National day to recognize Navajo Code Talkers and their immense contribution to the success of World War II. Our home state of Arizona has decided to take it further and also recognize August 14th, Navajo Code Talkers Day within the state.

The first 29 Navajo Code Talker recruits were Sworn in at Fort Wingate, N.M., in 1942. – U.S. National Archives & Records

The initial legislation for the state holiday was brought to fruition by Peshlakai, the Senator for Window Rock, in February. That next Monday, she announced on her Twitter that it was her first bill to be signed into law. Here are her thoughts,

β€œIt’s important that all Arizonans remember the service and bravery of the Navajo Code Talkers,” Peshlakai said. β€œTheir crucial service during WWII will not be forgotten, and we will continue to honor them every August 14th.”

Having this day as a remembrance serves as a reminder that life and traditions are fragile. While there are very few Code Talkers still with us today, it’s important that we learn about our history and honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice. The life that these men endured is something that most cannot even fathom going through these days.

Members of the 3rd and 4th Division Navajo code talker platoons of World War II, dressed in their unit’s uniform, pose for a group photo during a commemoration of the landing on Iwo Jima. – Sgt. D. S. Brown/ U.S. Marine Corps

About the Navajo Code Talkers

As generations keep growing farther and farther away from history, it’s more important than ever to recognize how we got to where we are today. And truthfully, our country would not be what it is today without the valiant efforts of the Navajo Code Talkers. Some of you reading this might be familiar with the term, but if you aren’t here is a quick snapshot before we dive in. A “code talker” is a name that was given to American Indians who used their tribal language to send encrypted messages on the battlefield but their importance stretches far beyond this simple terminology.

In addition to the Navajo (DinΓ©) code talkers, there were at least fourteen other Native nations, including the Cherokee and Comanche, that served as code talkers as well in both the Pacific and Europe during World War II. The idea of code talking came from Philip Johnston, a civil engineer from Los Angeles who was raised on the Navajo Reservation. Originally born in Kansas, Johnston was raised speaking Navajo. Philip originally served in France during World War I but by the time World War II hit, Johnston was too old to fight but wanted to continue serving his country. The idea came to him when he was reading about military security and he realized that the military could theoretically create a secret code based on the Navajo language. This was only the beginning of the Navajo Code Talkers, after the ideas were born, 29 Navajo Code Talkers were brought in to create it and the rest of it is truly history. If you’d like to read the full story, you can do that here.

Navajo Nation

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Navajo Code Talkers Luncheon

CKP Insurance was a proud sponsor of the Navajo Code Talkers luncheon on August 14th, 2022. The CKP Insurance team was present at this outstanding event to help assist the Navajo Nation speakers staff. This event was in coordination with the groundbreaking for the new Navajo Code Talker museum that is being built in Window Rock, Arizona. People came out to pay homage to the Navajo Nation Code Talkers for Navajo Nation Code Talker day. This event turned out fantastic with approximately 700 attendees including Native American Navajo and ancestors from the Navajo Code Talkers. Lunch included mutton stew, bread, cake, sodas, and water which was served out with the help of CKP Insurance team members. Mutton stew is a Native American delicacy from the Navajo Nation. We hope everyone had a great time and thank you to all of the sponsors.

Navajo Code Talkers Luncheon – Photo Credit: CKP Insurance, Renelda Begay

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