Native American Veterans Memorial Initiative Launched for Nation’s Capital

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Support Sought from Tribal Leaders and Military Veterans around the Globe.
Washington, D.C. March 2011

Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman Mitchell Cypress today called on Tribal leaders, all military veterans and individuals around the globe, to join him in supporting the Native American Veterans Memorial Initiative.  The recently announced Initiative will honor Native Americans who have served in all branches of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, including Native Americans who have served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

A Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Army, Chairman Cypress is seeking the support and involvement of all veterans in order to make the strongest possible case for recognition of Native American veterans. Chairman Cypress said, "This effort will include lobbying and public relations programs to impact key individuals, including U.S. Senators and Representatives, their staffs, officials within the Obama Administration, and members of the National Capital Planning Commission, the governmental entity that oversees the design and placement of memorials in Washington, D.C."

“As Native Americans, we have served in every branch of the military, and we would like the same honor and acknowledgment as our other military brothers,” Chairman Cypress exclaimed.

Chairman Cypress noted he would like to see a fourth soldier, a Native American, added to the three soldier likenesses that are part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.  “We were there during the conflicts, fighting for our country as Native Americans,” said Chairman Cypress.  “When we look at the beautiful statue that depicts true and brave warriors, we wonder why we were not included.  We were there, too.”

A Web site has been established for the Native American Veterans Memorial Initiative at http://thenavmi.com/"thenavmi.com. All interested supporters of those that have sacrificed for our freedom, can sign up by submitting their e-mail addresses on the Web site’s home page.

Please join forces with us and help with this initiative to get the fourth statue added for all Americans that have fought and are fighting for our nation’s freedom.  We need your help!  




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