Monday, July 21, 2008

Code Talker

Staying at yesterday’s location, the Phoenix Plaza Offices, this enormous bronze is prominently displayed at the corner of two busy streets, Thomas Road and Central Avenue. This bronze is a special tribute to the Navajo Code Talkers who bravely served the nation during WWII. The artist, Doug Hyde created this piece in 1989. The inscription says “This tribute represents the advancement of peace for all generations.” A beautiful thought.

3 comments: said...

While the contributions of Navajo Code Talkers are well known to people in Arizona, some of the visitors to your website, particularly international visitors, may not know the story of how the U.S. Navy used Navajos to speak in their native language to relay messages during World War II. The enemy forces never broke the code.

Today, the preservation of the Navajo language is an important goal for the USA's largest indigenous population.

Steve Buser said...

The Code Talkers are larger than life. Was there ever a movie made about them? said...

I don't know if there has been a movie about the Navajo code talkers. There should be. I have not seen the Ken Burns documentary on World War II either, and don't know if he included the code talkers.

Steve, you do New Orleans Daily Photo. The national World War II museum is in New Orleans. Do you recall if that museum includes something about the code talkers?