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Arizona governor signs bill to declare Navajo Code Talkers Day

Navajo Code Talkers attend signing ceremony for Senate Bill 1099. July 16, 2014. Photo from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a bill to declare August 14 as Navajo Code Talkers' Day.

Brewer signed Senate Bill 1099 into law with several Code Talkers at her side. Several shared their stories at the state Capitol.

"We believe it's America's legacy, because what we did demonstrates that America — composed of diverse communities, different languages, different skills, different talents — when our way of life and our land is threatened, we all come together as Americans," said Peter MacDonald, the president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association, The Arizona Republic reported.

August 14 coincides with the anniversary of Japan's unconditional surrender and the end of World War II. The Code Talkers were instrumental in delivering unbreakable messages that helped the U.S. and Allied forced win the war.

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Navajo Code Talkers get their own day (The Arizona Republic 7/17)

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