National Code Talkers Day Celebration Set for Window Rock This Thursday

Code talkers Frank Chee Willeto, left and John Kinsel wait for the parade to start in the parking lot of the Navajo Nation Museum during National Navajo Code Talker Day on Aug. 14, 2008.

Code talkers Frank Chee Willeto, left and John Kinsel wait for the parade to start in the parking lot of the Navajo Nation Museum during National Navajo Code Talker Day on Aug. 14, 2008. PHOTO Courtesy – Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA— Some 700 people are expected to attend this year’s National Code Talkers Day celebration at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Window Rock, Arizona on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

National Code Talkers Day is observed each August 14 by the federal government to recognize the vast contribution made by Code Talkers during World War II.

“Last year we prepared food for 500 people and ran out,” said Michael Smith, who is coordinating the event, so this year the organizers are looking at between 600 and 700 to attend told the Navajo Times.

The Window Rock celebration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Program Agenda

Master of Ceremonies – Mike Salabye

8am Presentation of Uniform – Navajo Nation Museum

9am. Parade of Navajo Code Talkers—Navajo Nation Museum – Veterans Memorial Park

10am Invocation – Roy Hawthorne, Navajo Code Talker
Posting the Colors – Ira Hayes American Legion Post 84
National Anthem – Miss Navajo Nation, Natasha Hardy
Welcome Address – Honorable Ben Shelly, Navajo Nation President
Navajo Code Talkers –
Honor Song – Callin Eagle
Laying of the Wreath —
Moment of Silence
21 Gun Salute Twin Warriors Society
Taps – Delbert Anderson, Musician
State of Arizona, Navajo Code Talker Day – Honorable Carlyle Begay
Legacy to Navajo Nation – Tom White, Apache County Dist 1 Supervisor
Legacy in the Marine Corp – 12th Sargent Major of the Marine Corps, Gene Overstreet
Flag Ceremony – Young Marines of the Marine Corps League
Keynote Address – Major General William T. Collins, Commanding General 4th Marine Aircraft Wing
Closing Remarks – Peter MacDonald, Navajo Code Talker
Marine Corps Hymn – Bill Toledo and Joe Kellwood, Navajo Code Talker
Blessing Song – Ashley Claw, Great-Granddaughter of Thomas Claw and Tsosie Herman Brown, Navajo Code Talkers
Retire the Colors – Ira Hayes American Legion Post 84

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Entertainment –
Miss Navajo Nation, Natasha Hardy
Sister Nations Honor Guard
Ashley Claw, Great-Granddaughter of Thomas Claw and Tsosie Herman Brown, Navajo Code Talkers

Callin Eagle

1 PM Gourd Dancing – Black Creek Gourd Society

Master of Ceremonies – Mike Salabye
Head Singer – Ramone Yazzie, Sr.
Head Gourd Dancer – Raymond Klah

 

 

 

 

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