Navajo President Ben Shelly Honors Fallen Code Talker

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Contact: Jared King
Communications Director
Navajo Nation Washington Office
Cell 202-200-0625

For Immediate Release

Navajo President Ben Shelly Honors Fallen Code Talker

WASHINGTON—Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly commemorates the recent passing of Navajo Code Talker Lee H. Begay, 87, who passed away Monday in Flagstaff, Ariz.

President Shelly ordered the Navajo Nation flag to be flown at half-staff in honor of Code Talker Begay beginning Thursday, Nov. 14 through Nov. 18.

“Code Talker Begay’s honorable service to our country is a reminder of how much our warriors have contributed to the security of the United States and the great Navajo Nation. With the service of our Code Talkers in World War II, especially in the South Pacific and in Europe, we were able to shorten this horrible war and provide for the security of our land. The Navajo Nation is eternally thankful for his service and heroic deeds for our country. I call upon all Navajo people to join first lady Martha Shelly, Vice President Rex Lee Jim and myself in prayers for the family of Code Talker Begay during this difficult time.”

Services for Code Talker Begay are scheduled to take place today in Low Mountain, Arizona.