NEW YORK, N.Y. -Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly honored the Navajo Code Talkers at a reception and silent auction hosted by HBO at their corporate headquarters on Nov. 10 in Manhattan.
This event promoted the Navajo Code Talker Foundation's $40 million capital campaign to build a National Navajo Code Talker Museum and Veterans Center on the Navajo Nation.
"To preserve this incredible story, we are now in the process of building the National Navajo Code Talkers Museum and Veterans Center. It will be a highly visible and attractive museum, educational and community center," said President Shelly in his remarks.
Navajo Code Talkers Keith Little, Samuel Holiday, Samuel Tso, Frank Chee Willeto and President Shelly attended Veterans Day events at Gracie Mansion followed by the Veterans Day Parade Opening Ceremony at the Eternal Light Monument at Madison Square Park in Manhattan hosted by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Those present at the ceremonies included U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petreaus, U.S. Representative Charlie Rangel, Speaker of New York City Council Christine C. Quinn, and Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno.
"Vice President Rex Lee Jim, and First Lady Mrs. Martha Shelly join me in giving tribute to the brave men and women of the Navajo Nation who have endured the ultimate sacrifice," said President Shelly in a statement released today honoring Veterans Day.
"We honor those who have fallen. May their names always be said with honor, and serve as a symbol of sacrifice and life. Our spirits are raised higher and our sight remains set on the horizon of today's freedom and tomorrow's prosperity," he said.
For those interested in making the museum a reality visit www.navajocodetalkers.org