During World War II, young Navajo men serving in the U.S. military helped create a secret code based on the Navajo language that proved completely unbreakable, saving countless lives and helping to end the war. Morales says he learned about their story from his father, who served with a code talker, Zuri Keames.
The surviving code talkers are now in their 80s and 90s, and The Southern decided to set up the event to honor their service and give Middle Tennesseans get a chance to meet them.
More information about the Navajo Code Talkers can be found here, including efforts to open a museum and veterans center dedicated to their story.
Also going on at The Southern through Monday: Staff and managers will be wearing combat boots to spread word about The Boot Campaign, which helps promote awareness of the challenges that returning soldiers face, along with providing services for wounded veterans and their families. The Boot Campaign also sells combat boots to raise funds as well as providing a way for people to show appreciation for troops.
Meet and Greet Navajo Code Talkers
2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11
The Southern Steak & Oyster
150 Third Ave. S.