Honoring Veteran's Day
All photos by: ©Marilyn Angel Wynn/Nativestock.com
In many Native American languages the translation for soldier, warrior, protector and helper are all the same word. Native American people who served in the United States armed services are highly honored as heros in all Tribal communities.
It is a remarkable fact that Indian people served the United States long before they were even given United States citizenship. In fact, between 1917 and 1918, over 10,000 Native American people enlisted into the armed services to serve in World War I. Although this was the greatest number of enlisted peoples from any one ethnic culture, citizenship (with the right to vote) for Native Americans was not granted until 1924.
According to the Defense Department, as of December 2005, nearly 20,000 Native American/ Alaskan Native people are serving in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. By the end of 2009, there will be an estimated 191,261 Native American veterans, according to the Veteran's Administration. The National Native American Veterans Association estimates that 22 percent of Native Americans 18 years or older are veterans
In Native American culture, veterans have always held a position of honor. In the days before "discovery", they honored those who protected their tribal members. Today there are many gatherings of pow wow festivals where veterans - who are honor guards and carry the flags - lead the opening procession during Grand Entry.
From serving as scouts and guides in a young Colonial Army to the cold mountains of Afghanistan and hot deserts of Iraq, Native Americans have answered the call.
Show your appreciation to a Vet by letting them know how much you respect their services to keep our country free.
Photos By: ©Marilyn Angel Wynn/Nativestock.com