Navajo Veterans Medal
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Navajo Nation Veterans Medal
1982

          A medal given to Harrison Lapahie during Navajo Veterans Week, October 18-22, 1982. This was the first medal commissioned by the Navajo Nation to be issued to Navajo Veterans during Navajo Veterans Week of 1982. The medal was designed by Theresa Potter, the official artist of the Navajo Code Talkers Association.
          The ribbon drape of red, gold, and turquoise depicts the rainbow colors of the Navajo Flag. Below the ribbon drape stands the outstretched wings of the Navajo Eagle, the symbol of courage and strength. The Great Seal of the Navajo Nation lies in the center of the medal surrounded by the six points representing the six Sacred Mountains (Mount Blanca, Mount Taylor, San Francisco Peaks, Mount Hesperus, El Huerfano Mountain, and Gobernador Knob).
          The arrows that surround the great seal of the Navajo Nation represent the major battles fought by gallant Navajo warriors.
          On the right side of the medal, by recommendation of Nephi Cody, Navajo Medicineman, is the designed image of the Horned Toad, for the protection of the bearer. On the left center side of the medallion, the Navajo Bow, a deadly, accurate, and dreaded weapon of the 1800's.
          Special bars have been designed for the combat serviceman that served overseas and for those that saw combat action. These will be attached to the ribbon where appropriate.
          Navajo men and women who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserves or who were active personnel in Armed Services, were entitled to received this medal in 1982.

By Harrison Lapahie Jr.
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