26-27 Jul 2014- Thunder Over Utah

July 26 & 27 is Thunder over Utah at the new airport in St George.  The link under the photo give their schedule.


28 Jul 2014 - 100th Anniversary of Start of WWI

This July 28th marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in 1914.

A month before the war began, on June 28, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife Sophie had been assassinated during a trip to Bosnia.  Initial outrage was strong, as were fears that this would be the instigating event for the European war that had been looming for years.  But as the days and weeks passed without Austria-Hungary retaliating against Serbia (whom they believed to be behind the assassination plot), some began to breathe a sigh of relief.

But then, on July 23, Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia with various demands regarding Serbia’s response to the assassination and the country’s future relationship with Austria-Hungary. Serbia accepted many of the demands but refused to allow Austria-Hungary to be involved in its judicial process for Serbians connected to the assassination. Thus rejected, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia on July 28.

The interior of an armored train car, Chaplino, Dnipropetrovs'ka oblast, Ukraine, in the spring of 1918. At least nine heavy machine guns are visible, as well as many ammunition cases. (Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library) 

Soldier on a U.S. Harley-Davidson motorcycle, ca. 1918. During the last years of the war,
the United States deployed more than 20,000 Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles
overseas. (San Diego Air and Space Museum)

Russia (a champion of Serbia and its Slavic population) began mobilization of its troops, which prompted Germany (an ally of Austria-Hungary) to declare war on Russia. In quick succession, the system of alliances (and territorial ambitions) within Europe led Germany to also declare war on France and Britain, Britain and France to declare war on Germany, and Russia to declare war on Germany and Austria-Hungary.
Within a week, five major countries in Europe were embroiled in a war they believed would be over in a matter of months. Many other nations would eventually join the conflict— including the isolationist United States, though not officially until 1917. The bloody war would last more than four years and result in upwards of 37 million dead, missing, or wounded soldiers.

For more WWI photos like these, click here to visit this site:  WWI Photos

29 Jul 2014 - Senator Lee Mobile Office

Senator Lee's Mobile Office Staff will be at the Ivins Nursing Home from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to answer questions and concerns.  Please see the flyer in this link:  Mobile Office

9 Aug 2014 - Marine Corps League Breakfast Meeting

0830 Buffet Breakfast
0900 Monthly Meeting
Elks Lodge

14 Aug 2014 - National Navajo Code Talkers Day


The Navajo Code Talkers whose ranks exceeded 400 during the course of World War II in the Pacific Theater took part in every assault the United States Marines conducted from 1942 to 1945.  They served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider battalions and Marine parachute units, transmitting messages by telephone and radio in their native language -- a code that the Japanese never broke.  The Navajo Code Talkers served in the United States Marine Corps for America and for the world with integrity.

It took 37 years for the United States government to acknowledge the war efforts of the Navajo Code Talkers in World War II, when President Ronald Reagan in 1982 designated August 14 as National Navajo Code Talkers Day.

On August 14, 2014, the Descendants of the Navajo Code Talkers will commemorate the legacy of these brave young Navajo men who answered the call to duty and helped devise the unbreakable and undecipherable military code based on the Navajo language only spoken on Navajo lands and most importantly assisted the United States win battle after battle as it fought to retake the Pacific from the Japanese.  During World War II, when secret orders had to be given over the phone these boys talked to one another in Navajo.  Practically no one in the world understood Navajo, an unwritten language of extreme complexity, except another Navajo.  The code that was developed was so complex that not even another Navajo taken prisoner by the Japanese and under threat of torture could penetrate it.  Their code was reliable and secure.

It is important that the accomplishment of this group of men is never forgotten because it was their language that changed the tide of the war.  These Marines were young boys when they enlisted and some of them lied about their age.  If it weren't for them, the United States would not have won World War II.  Battle-ready radiomen were still being produced when Japan surrendered in August 1945.  August 14 is a reminder of the importance of the Navajo language and the code talker legacy.  They saved thousands and thousands of Marines in World War II.  On Iwo Jima, Navajo Code Talkers transmitted messages from the beach to division and Corps commands afloat early on D-day, and after the division commands came ashore from division ashore to Corps afloat.  "Were it not for the Navajo Code Talkers, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima and other places."

The courage of these warriors and the extraordinary value of their wartime service to our Nation will always be honored.  Language is the most effective means we have to transmit values, beliefs, and collective memories from one generation to the next.  "We need to preserve our language, culture and traditions."  We must work to preserve the rich, ancient languages used to preserve our freedom...Let us treasure their legacy.

On National Navajo Code Talkers Day, all Americans are encouraged to join in commemorating the Navajo Code Talkers, a National Treasure, by taking a moment to pray for all our war heroes and the brave military men and women who protect all our people, our freedom and our land today.

Parade (staging at Navajo Nation Museum Parking Lot) will start at 9:15 a.m.  If you will be in the parade, please arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.  A welcome prayer will be held at 9:00 a.m.  Parade ends at Memorial Park.  The parade is free and open to all veterans, auxiliary members, color guards and marching units, and the wearing of uniforms is encouraged.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., the commemoration ceremony, held at Navajo Veterans' Park, will begin with presentation of colors, wreath laying, remembrance/reverence and speeches.  Lunch will be provided.

Gourd dance is scheduled.

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To enter the parade, please contact Michael 928-871-6763

For further information or updates, please monitor Facebook page
"Our Navajo Code Talkers"

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To assure this year's event is a success, special and memorable for all who attend, Descendants of the Navajo Code Talkers are coordinating the day's events.  Financial assistance is requested in meeting their budget - includes Tent Rental $300, Catering $1200, T-Shirts / Printing  $800.    Please make checks payable to NCT Samuel J. Smith Memorial Fund (WFB) and mail to P. O. Box 3021, Window Rock, AZ 86515

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Directions to Window Rock
From Central AZ - I-40/exit357/Rt12 north, east on AZ264
From Central NM - I-40/exit20/Gallup, north on US491, west on NM264 (NM264 becomes AZ264)

Navajo Nation Museum Parking Lot location: east of Quality Inn (West AZ264)

Monument and Veterans' Memorial Park location:  north on Rt12, east @ signal light on Rt100

NOTE:  Time on the Navajo Nation (Arizona) is one hour ahead - Mountain Daylight Time (New Mexico) is observed

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Quality Inn, Window Rock - NO AVAILABILITY

Navajoland Inn and Suites, St. Michael's - 928-871-5690 - may be availability:  Navajoland

other accommodations - Gallup, NM, 30-45 minutes or 17-20 miles southeast of Window Rock -

Choice Hotels

Comfort Inn, 1440 W. Maloney Ave., Gallup 505-726-2700
Rodeway Inn, 1709 W. Historic Hwy 66, Gallup 505-863-9301

Days Inn, 1603 W. Hwy 66, Gallup 505-863-3891
Super 8, 1715 W. Hwy 66, Gallup 505-722-5300

America's Best Value Inn & Suites, 2003 W. Route 66, Gallup 505-722-0757

22-28 Aug 2014 - American Legion Convention

August 22 – 28 is the 96th Annual American Legion Family National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information contact Ellen Nathan at 435-652-8333 or 435-862-6087.

10 Nov 2014 Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Marine Corps League celebrates the U. S. Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the SunRiver Community Center Ballroom.  Contact a Marine for ticket information. Come enjoy the pageantry and camaraderie.