Navaho Code Talker Samuel Holliday visit announced

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At Lyman council meeting

By KEVIN PENA

Pioneer Reporter

LYMAN — Navajo Code Talker Samuel Holiday, 92, of Monument Valley, Utah, will be coming to talk to the community in May, an announcement was made at the Lyman Town Council meeting last week

Lyman eighth grade student Delaina Becenti made the announcement. In what had started as an idea from Becenti to invite Holiday to talk to her class escalated into something much bigger. Holiday agreed to come and talk to Becentis’ class, but more than just, Holiday also agreed to talk to the entire community.

In World War II, the Navajo Code Talkers were instrumental in the Allies victory. The Axis military could not decipher the Code Talkers, a code based on the Navajo language, and that allowed crucial communication for the Allies to coordinate their military to victory.

Becenti presented the town with an itinerary of Holidays’ visit. Holiday will arrive the evening of May 10. He will then have a dinner with Wyoming dignitaries, possibly even Governor Matt Mead. On May 11, Holiday will speak at Lyman High School at 9 am. Holiday will then travel to the Mountain View Senior Center at around 10:30 a.m. to speak there. He will then have lunch with veterans. At 4 pm Holiday will be at the Crazy Ate café for dinner. At 6 p.m. Holiday will be at the American Legion Hall in Fort Bridger at which time Holiday will be joined by special guests and will proceed towards the Lyman High School auditorium where Holiday will give a presentation to the community at 7 p.m. He will be