Kirtland Central High School Honors the Military Service of Native Americans at National Native American Veterans Memorial

Submitted by: CW2 (Ret) Pedro Larribas

The memorial was dedicated with a procession and ceremony on the National Mall on November 11, 2022. This tribute to Native heroes recognizes for the first time on a national scale the enduring and distinguished service of Native Americans in every branch of the US military.  Kirtland Central High School (KCHS) AJROTC Bronco Battalion cadets were honored to be able to attend this very important dedication ceremony.  As members of the Navajo Nation our cadets are surrounded by history.  Being able to participate in this ceremony allowed them to continue to educate and carry on the history of the Dine’ people.  They are pictured below with one of the most recognizable Navajo Nation Code Talkers.  This was a highlight for our cadets and the time they had to share at our Nation’s Capital.  Bronco Battalion Cadets in attendance were C/Maj Veronica Charlie, C/Cpl Miley Begaye, C/Pfc Dakari White, C/Cpt Shidaija Jacquez, and C/CSM Trent Nelson.

Kirtland Central High School (KCHS) AJROTC Bronco Battalion in Washington, D.C.