Steve Bowers, a Native American Seminole tribal member and veteran is spearheading an effort to install a memorial to Native American soldiers in Washington DC. While thousands of Native Americans have enlisted over the decades, at a much higher rate than any other ethnicity, there are no monuments or statues honoring or including Native Americans along the National Mall in Washington. Even the iconic Three Soldiers memorial sculpture, located near the Vietnam Memorial doesn’t include a Native American. The Code Talkers received the Congressional medal of honor, shown below, in 2000 for developing the only unbreakable code during WWII, but they don’t have a memorial. It’s time to make a change.
Steve is in the process of laying the groundwork for the National Museum of the American Indian to raise private funds to erect a memorial.
You can read more about the effort at this link. Let’s make sure this happens!
Photo is of Comanche Codetalkers, 4th Signal Company.
Great article. This is something I believe should be done!
Great idea and long over due, please keep the Trickster ART gallery http://www.trickstergallery.com in the Chicago area (Schaumburg) in the continued messaging. We can help raise awareness in the urban indian communities via http://www.nuifc.org too.