Thirty years ago today, President Reagan proclaimed August 14 as National Navajo Code Talkers Day – the first official accolade given to these true American heroes following their invaluable contribution to our country’s victory in World War II.
Today, I was blessed with the opportunity to visit the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial, in Window Rock, as we paid tribute to the more than 400 men whose language was the basis for ‘the unbreakable code’ that proved instrumental in saving countless American lives. As with all of our WWII veterans, the time we have left with our remaining Code Talkers must be cherished. We can never fully re-pay them for coming to our nation’s aid during its darkest of times, but we can honor their service and memorialize their sacrifice.
On this special anniversary, I ask that Arizonans join me in offering our gratitude to the Navajo Code Talkers. As President Reagan so eloquently declared three decades ago, these men "defended the only land they have ever known, asking for nothing more than opportunity in return."
George Hickman, one of the original Tuskegee airmen and a longtime usher at University of Washington and Seattle Seahawks games, has died at age 88.
Hickman died over the weekend, according to the UW Athletics Department, KING-TV reports.
Hickman was one of the last living Tuskegee Airmen -- the first black pilots to fly for the U.S. military during World War II. He was also one of the first to join the program.
Here's an excerpt from Seattle Times's columnist Steve Kelley on Hickman in 2007:
He flew with the 99th in Tuskegee. He helped break down a barrier and wake up a country. "I really love flying," he said. "I like the combination of the technology and the skill that is involved. You have to use your wits and your brains. I'm in this airplane, by myself, and I've got it up to 5,000 feet and I'm doing all my maneuvers and I just feel like I'm in complete control.
In 2007, he and other Tuskegee airmen traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor, the Associated Press reports. In 2009, he attended President Obama's inauguration as a special guest.
6,475 boots lined the 5 mile route. The pictures of the fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines were affixed to the boots. A moving experience.
Tripler Fisher House Hero Run. Hawaii — at Ford Island
have seen a lot of weird and cool Jeep pics over my time. Would like to start a thread that shows just generally cool jeep stuff, Commander or not. I found this one, and was wondering if the Commander could stick the landing?
Anyone wanna try?
What is this... a chocolate Jeep eating contest...
I have not started a new thread in several years so I thought I would give an update on what has been happening with me.
After recovering the things that were taken from me about eight years ago, I took my time replacing, restocking and restoring everything.
I wandered around the country for a...
I am not sure that this is the correct section of the forum, but the other threads started here.
Instead of putting this in a PM, I am starting this thread for those that have any item that they want to send to Ahmed. Also I am posting it here to track anything that Ahmed wants to add to his...