Navajo Code Talkers Day becomes state holiday


Last updated 10/4/2021 at 10:16am

The Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer, Navajo Code Talkers Samuel F. Sandoval, Thomas H. Begay, and former Chairman of the Navajo Nation Peter MacDonald, Sr., Arizona State Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, Arizona House of Representatives Speaker Russell Bowers, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey during a signing ceremony of SB 1802 at the Arizona State Capitol on August 19, 2021.

PHOENIX-Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona recently signed SB 1802 into law, recognizing August 14th as National Navajo Code Talkers Day and a state holiday.

During World War II, the Navajo Code Talkers answered the call to defend the United States of America using the impenetrable code based on the Navajo language that is widely acknowledged as a deciding factor in the war effort.

On July 28, 1982, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan designated August 14th as National Navajo Code Talkers Day. The day has honored the Navajo Code Talkers, but now leaders in Arizona have elevated the day to a s...

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