National Navajo Code Talkers Day is of great importance in the US. American soldiers during World War II coded messages using the Navajo language. The enemy was disoriented and could not decipher the information. The holiday honors the heroes who served for their nation.
Navajo is the ideal language for creating secret military codes. During the hostilities, there were no people on the enemy side who would understand it.
The day was declared a public holiday in 2020 by Doug Ducey to honor these courageous fighters.
Philip Johnston suggested creating a code based on this language to ensure the success of operations. After that, 400 men with language skills were called up for service – they worked together and created a reliable code. The Ministry of Defense tried to hack it for 4 days, but was unsuccessful.
In 2001, President George W. Bush awarded gold medals to 29 Navajo coders, while the rest received silver.
- Navajo Code is the only one in the world that has never been deciphered by the enemy;
- The code cannot be understood if you are not a native speaker;
- Unfortunately, the language is not taught to a wide audience.
How to take part
Why not have some fun? Create your own code with your friends and try to chat with each other!
National Navajo Code Talkers Day is the best time to watch an interesting film about World War II or visit the Navajo Museum located in Arizona.
Learn more about the language – there is a lot of useful information on the Internet.
When is National Navajo Code Talkers Day celebrated in 2023?
National Navajo Code Talkers Day is observed on August 14 each year.