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Native American Veterans Receive a Place of Their Own to Reflect and to Heal

After two decades in the making, a veterans memorial is dedicated at the National Museum of the American Indian


November 12, 2020

An unveiling ceremony takes place virtually on November 11, 2020 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. (NMAI, Alan Karchmer)

On November 11, Veterans Day, the first national memorial dedicated solely to Native American veterans will be unveiled at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The monument has been a little more than two decades in the making.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the unveiling will be virtual and won't have the originally- planned pageantry. It will be marked by a short virtual message that will be posted to the museum's website and its YouTube channel. But the unveiling will still be a triumphant and poignant moment for the hundreds of thousands of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians who have served, or are currently serving in the military-and for their families and communities.

"Native Americans have always answered the call to serve, and this memorial is a fitting tribute to their patriotism and deep commitment to this country," says the museum's director Kevin Gover.


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