November 20, 2013

Udall Honors Code Talkers During Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement honoring the Native American Code Talkers who helped win World War I and II. The Code Talkers were recognized in a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. Members of the Acoma and Laguna Pueblos are among those to receive recognition for their contributions. Navajo Code Talkers were recognized in a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in 2001.

"It was an honor to celebrate the tremendous contribution by Native American Code Talkers. Today we awarded the highest congressional honor to these veterans who helped us develop a code so strong it couldn't be cracked. I'm proud to represent these veterans, who include members of the Acoma and Laguna Pueblos in New Mexico - many of whom, along with their families, joined us at the ceremony.

"It is often said that America's diversity makes her strong. And during two world wars, this country's cultural diversity contributed to American military strength in a very real and concrete way. We owe a debt of gratitude to these veterans. Their patriotism and honor make us proud."