Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hopi Code Talkers to be honored at ceremony

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Hopi Code Talkers will be honored in a ceremony on Monday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hopi Veterans’ Memorial Center, SR 264, Mile Post 375.5, Kykotsmovi, Ariz.

Sen. Jack Jackson, Jr. will speak about Senate Concurrent Resolution 1009, which he sponsored, that honors the substantial contributions of the Hopi Code Talkers for their assistance in the battles of Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. It was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives and was sent to Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s office.

“For years, the contributions of the ten Hopi Code Talkers were secret,” said Jackson. “This resolution is recognition by the state of Arizona of the sacrifices the Hopi Code Talkers made for our freedom. It is our obligation to pass on this knowledge to future generations. The resolution calls for the commemoration of the historical contributions of the Hopi and other Native American code talkers by schools and civic groups and I will work to make that possible.”

Speakers include Sen. Jack Jackson, Jr., Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, John Dudas, Northern Regional Manager, Arizona Department of Veteran’s Services, Hopi Chairman LeRoy R. Shingoitewa, Hopi Vice Chairman Herman Honanie, VaNiesha Honani, U.S. Navy veteran and granddaughter of Code Talker Perry Honani, Sr., Clifford Qotsaquahu, a U.S. Army veteran and Bruce Talawyma, U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

There are no living Hopi Code Talkers. In lieu, families of the Hopi Code Talkers will be honored and recognized.

Hopi Code Talkers who served in the United States Army include: Franklin Shupla, Warren Koiyaquaptewa, Frank Chapella, Travis Yaiva, Charles Lomakema, Percival Navenma, Perry Honani, Sr. and Floyd Dann, Sr. Hopi Code Talkers who served in the United States Army Air Corps include Rex Pooyouma and Orville Wadsworth.

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