Sen. Jack Jackson Jr. will discuss a resolution, which he sponsored, that honors the contributions of the Hopi code talkers in the battles of Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
According to the press release announcing the ceremony, the resolution has been passed by the state Senate and House of Representatives and has been sent to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s office.
“For years, the contributions of the 10 Hopi code talkers were secret,” Jackson said in the release. “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.”
Jackson and Bennett will both speak at the ceremony, as well as 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.
The ceremony will be held at the Hopi Veterans’ Memorial Center at SR 264, Mile Post 375.5 in Kykotsmovi, Arizona from 10 a.m. to noon.
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.
- Floyd Dann, Sr.
Hopi Code Talkers who served in the United States Army Air Corps include:
- Rex Pooyouma
- Orville Wadsworth