This video is a tribute to all of the Native American peoples who have served in the United States military. It is backed by the song, “Amazing Grace,” sung in one of the Native American languages and by quiet, melodious, meditative, Indian flute music. It shows many of the faces of unnamed Native American veterans who represent the hundreds of thousands who have served from all of the Native peoples of America.
The history of Native Americans serving in the U.S. military is long and filled with honor. For example, there is Lt. Col. Ely S. Parker, a member of the Seneca people who was present at Appomattox Court House as the secretary to Gen. Ulysees S. Grant and who drafted the surrender papers that would be signed by Gen. Robert E. Lee to end the Civil War.
You will see pictures of Native Americans in the military from WWI up to the present. You will see the faces of Code Talkers from WWII and that of Lori Piestewa, a Navajo, who fell in Iraq becoming the first Native American woman to be killed in action.
As each face passes, backed by prayerful solo voice singing Amazing Grace, raise up each one those faces in prayerful thanks for their service. Remember, too, that no other ethnic group has offered as great a percentage of their sons and daughters to military service in our country.
Remember, as well, that they who suffered so much at the hands of our military and our government, and the prejudices of common Americans, have offered so much, and sacrificed so much, in service to that same military, that same government and nation with courage, dedication and honor.
The Veterans Site thanks all of our Native American brothers and sisters who have served, fought, and made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation in every branch of our military services. Our thank you is a small offering to your great sacrifices.
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.