Navajo President Ben Shelly Orders Navajo Flag Lowered to Commemorate a Navajo Marine


Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly announced February 25 the loss of a Navajo warrior who was serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan.
 Staff Sgt. Jonathan D. Davis, of Kayenta, Arizona died on February 22 in Afghanistan in the Helmand province while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 32nd Georgian Liaison Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California.
 “The Navajo Nation mourns the loss of a warrior who gave his life defending freedom. We are saddened by the loss of our warrior and we offer our prayers to the family during this difficult time. Staff Sgt. Davis was a valued member of the Kayenta community and often remembered for helping to bring home two state high school basketball championships in late 1990s. His presence will be missed,” said President Shelly.
 To honor the legacy of Staff Sgt. Davis, President Shelly has ordered the Navajo Nation flag be lowered from sunrise Tuesday, February 26, through Friday, March 1, and again on the day of his funeral service, which is still pending.
 According to the Department of Navajo Veterans Affairs, Staff Sgt. Davis is the 13th Navajo member of the U.S. Armed Forces to be killed in action in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Very honorable of Chairman Shelly to acknowledge such a great sacrafice made not only on behalf of the Dine', but on behalf of all United State Citizens - thank you Mr. Chairman

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Submitted by M.Antonio on
HI there!! I am in sad state for our young precious son who gave up his life for our nation and us all-Native Americans. I am a mother of a young Veteran who is only 29 years old. After his being deployed three times to the Middle East I persuaded him to get outta the military. When they get deployed all the family members are "on high state of alert" and there are awhole lot of other issues they face....not being able to live a normal life, not watching the news about the war, my heartfelt love and prayers are with all of the family members of Staff Sergeant Jonathan Davis.

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Submitted by ernesto on
what a fuck does lowering a flag has to do with a brother's life lost in afghanistan ... its not our war ... that's their war ... nothing to do with our values ... we're not going overseas to kill people and take their's land ... we are respectfull to other people ... we are navajos... E...