In 1982, President Ronald Regan declared Aug. 14 National Navajo Code Talkers Day. During the Pacific War, from 1942 to 1945, Navajo code talkers participated in every U.S. Marine assault. These men devised an unbreakable code in their native language that allowed the United States to transmit vital wartime messages.
In honor of these brave men and to remember their ingenuity and sacrifices, American Memorial Park is hosting two events:
-Reading Rangers: The Unbreakable Code by Sara Hoagland
For: Kindergarten through 4th Grade
When: Aug. 14, 9am to noon
Reading Rangers is a youth reading program that highlights a variety of books that touch on the park’s mission to honor the American and Marianas people who gave their lives during the Marianas Campaign of World War II. Children will be guided through The Unbreakable Code and have the opportunity to participate in fun and educational activities. Pre-registration is not required. To participate, meet at the American Memorial Park Visitor Center.
– True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers
When: Aug. 14, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, at the American Memorial Park Visitor Center Theater.
True Whispers is a moving testament to the Navajo code talkers and their wartime contributions. The film combines breathtaking images of the Navajo reservation with original music, World War II footage, archival photos, historical re-enactments, and interviews with Navajo historians and leaders of the Navajo Nation. True Whispers is produced by Valhalla Motion Pictures and Red-Horse Native Productions.
For more information on events at American Memorial Park, contact Lead Ranger Brooke Nevitt at 234-7207 or 2020 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. (NPS)