Navajo National Veterans Memorial
Backstory and Context
The Navajo National Veterans Memorial can be found in Navajo Nation located at Window Rock. The memorial was placed for the Navajos who served in the military especially the Navajo Code Talkers. The statue of a soldier is placed just off from the Window Rock . The memorial is the Navajos "living" veterans memorial. “The idea for the Memorial evolved from within a group of Native Vietnam Veterans, Navajo Code Talker’s, and culturally important, Navajo medicine men. After much deliberation the preliminary sketches and designs for the Memorial were drawn out.” (THE NAVAJO NATION)
The Memorial is not only the statue, also beneath the natural arch there are a line of sixteen steel bayonet sculptures. There is also an area when local venders set up and sale their homemade jewelry and other goods. In this area is located a place to have a picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The Navajo Nation is run by a council who's chambers are artfully decorated in paintings and artwork by other Navajos who have passed on.