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Code Talkers Among Veterans Honored At MTSU

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A group representing the Navajo Code Talkers was among the many veterans honored at Middle Tennessee State University.

At its annual memorial service, the campus of MTSU honored 68 students, faculty, and staff who died in the line of duty. A group representing the Navajo Code Talkers was also present during the service.

Navajo Code Talkers were Marines stationed in the Pacific during World War II. In order to make it difficult for the enemy to decipher, they created a special code which was rooted in the Navajo language. Thirty of the original Code Talkers are still living and many of them are in their 90s.

One member representing the group said he hopes the event adds to the honor and legacy of the Code Talkers.

"The code talkers have a saying- if you're a Navajo, it's your legacy," said Chief Ted Suter. "If you're Native American, it's your legacy, but more important, if you're American, it's your legacy."

The group was expected be a part of Nashville's Veterans' Day parade on Monday.

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