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ODD YM Navajo Code Talker Day 2015

$345 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 9 people in 44 months
Paola Vargas  APOPKA, FL

Every year since 2006, Young Marines from across the country gather in Window Rock, AZ, to honor and give praise to the Navajo Code Talkers from WWII. The Young Marines’ theme for the 2015 event is “Teaching today’s Youth about Yesterday’s Heroes.”

Participating Young Marines will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the Code Talkers’ role in history.  They will also be interacting with very special veterans and descendants of the Navajo Code Talkers.  They will be taking part in several community service activities such as cleaning up Veteran’s Memorial Park and running a 5K.  They will be participating in fundraising events to help pay for Code Talker funeral expenses and other activities that honor their place in history.  These Young Marines will be attending a class about the Code Talkers, setting up flags and marching in the Navajo Nation parade.  They will be providing gifts for the Navajo Code Talkers and their wives and visiting the Navajo Nation Zoo and the Navajo Museum.  

 “Navajo Code Talkers Day was an incredibly humbling experience,” said YM/Sgt.Maj. Blake DeWeese, National Young Marine of the Year, 2014-2015. “It provided a vivid depiction of the sacrifice and hardship the Navajo faced. We all had a greater appreciation of people as strong as the Navajo.”

We are excited at the opportunity of participating in this historical event and we are asking for your help to make this experience possible for 9 Young Marines of the Orlando Devil Dogs unit. They have worked very hard to demonstrate they will take full advantage of learning and appreciating all that they will be experiencing. Furthermore, they will bring it back to their unit and communities in Central Florida to continue to enhance one of their most important missions: Veterans Appreciation!

Your contribution will help cover the airfares, accommodations, meals and other fees and expenses to host the 9 Young Marines during the Annual Navajo Code Talkers Day events that will take place from August 13th to the 15th 2015.

We appreciate your contribution in advance in making this opportunity come true for our deserving Young Marines.

Thank you in advance and remember to KEEP CHARGING!!!


Sincerely,
The very appreciative parents and ODD staff


*Stay tune for updates of the many activities the ODD unit is involved within the Central Florida area. 


**To learn more about the unit and the Young Marines program, please take the time to visit their home page at: https://www.youngmarines.com/unit/orlandodevildogs/home
 

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Update 6
Posted by Paola Vargas
41 months ago
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The Young Marines and ODD stuff are back from their trip to Window Rock, Arizona and just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to all for your support and encouragement in this once in a lifetime endeavor. The sights they saw, the people they met and the stories they heard will be forever in their memories.

Take the time to enjoy some of the pictures here and at the unit website below.

Thank you again and remember to KEEP CHARGING!!!


Sincerely,
The very appreciative parents and ODD staff


*Stay tune for updates of the many activities the ODD unit is involved within the Central Florida area.


**To learn more about the unit and the Young Marines program, please take the time to visit their home page at: https://www.youngmarines.com/unit/orlandodevildogs/home


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Update 5
Posted by Paola Vargas
42 months ago
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Just a sneak peek to what our ODD Young Marines will be experiencing during The Navajo Code Talker Day on August 14, 2015 in Window Rock, Arizona:

Master of Ceremony – Mike Salabiye
9:00 Parade of Navajo Code Talkers
10:00 Invocation –Roy Hawthorne, Navajo Code Talker
10:10 Posting the Colors – Ira Hayes American Legion Post #84
10:15 National Anthem – Alexandria Holiday, Miss Northern Navajo Teen,
10:20 Welcome Address – Honorable Russell Begaye, Navajo Nation President
10:30 Honorable John McCain – United States Senator (AZ)
10:40 Honorable Tom Udall – United States Senator (NM)
10:45 Honorable Doug Ducey – Governor of Arizona
10:55 Honorable Carlyle W. Begay, Arizona State Senator
11:05 Honorable Lorenzo Bates, Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council
11:05 Honorary Reading of Names – Laura Tohe, Daughter of Benson Tohe, Navajo Code Talker
11:10 Moment of Silence
11:11 Taps – Brian Bainbridge, Navajo Nation Band
11:15 Brigadier General Daniel D. Yoo, United States Marine Corps Assistant Division Commander, 1st Marine Division
11:30 Navajo Code Talker – Peter MacDonald Sr. Recognizing 1981 Navajo Code Talker Commemorative Platoon
11:40 Honor Song – Talking Spirit
11:45 Marine Corps Hymn – Bill Toledo, Navajo Code Talker
12:00 Entertainment – Joe Tohonnie, Jr.
Lunch Celebration Luncheon –
1:00 Gourd Dancing
Master of Ceremonies – Mike Salabiye
Head Gourd Dancer – Larry Anderson
Head Singer – Ramone Yazzie Sr.
Drum – Big Red

We really appreciate your financial contribution and support to make this opportunity come true for our deserving Young Marines.

Thank you in advance and remember to KEEP CHARGING!!!


Sincerely,
The very appreciative parents and ODD staff
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Update 4
Posted by Paola Vargas
42 months ago
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After an exciting week away at the National Encampment, our ODD Young Marines got back to work and performed color guard for The Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals. They are a busy bunch of hard working YMs and dedicated adult leaders!

With only 9 days left to go, it is now time to focus on preparing for the upcoming trip to Arizona to participate and learn firsthand about the Code Talkers’ role in history. We are still looking for your support to cover some of the transportation and meal expenses. We are striving to cover as much of the final $2,500.00 needed in the next week.

This is an opportunity of a life time as our Young Marines will be interacting with very special veterans and descendants of the Navajo Code Talkers. They will be taking part in several community service activities such as cleaning up Veteran’s Memorial Park and running a 5K. They will be participating in fundraising events to help pay for Code Talker funeral expenses and other activities that honor their place in history. Our Young Marines will be attending a class about the Code Talkers, setting up flags and marching in the Navajo Nation parade. They will be providing gifts for the Navajo Code Talkers and their wives and visiting the Navajo Nation Zoo and the Navajo Museum.

We really appreciate your financial contribution and support to make this opportunity come true for our deserving Young Marines.

Thank you in advance and remember to KEEP CHARGING!!!


Sincerely,
The very appreciative parents and ODD staff


*Stay tuned for updates of the many activities the ODD unit is involved within the Central Florida area.


**To learn more about the unit and the Young Marines program, please take the time to visit their home page at:
https://www.youngmarines.com/unit/orlandodevildogs/home


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Update 3
Posted by Paola Vargas
42 months ago
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It's time for another quick update on the whereabouts of our dedicated Young Marines and adult leaders of our ODD unit:

At this very moment our kids are experiencing the outdoor wilderness at the Young Marines National Encampment taking place at Camp La-No-Che in Paisley, FL. At this national event, they have the opportunity of meeting and interacting with fellow Young Marines from across the country. Stay tuned for pictures and updates from this upcoming week!!

Leading up to the National Encampment, it has been a very busy summer for the ODD unit performing a lot of outreach and community service which has helped bring in generous contributions for the Navajo Code Talkers event coming up next month. This has helped cover a majority of the expenses and we are grateful for all of you who have made it possible for our participating families to reduce the expenses. We are still looking to cover some of the transportation and meal expenses and we are striving to cover the final $2,500.00 needed in the next 2 weeks.

Here are some of the events that our Young Marines have been busy with so far:

-Hidden Valley Retirement Center Memorial Day Ceremony: Helped set up and tear down for ceremony. 5 YMs did Color Guard for all 5 branches of the services.

-Sanford Memorial Day Parade: Marched along side community organizations, local and military service groups.

-Church’s Memorial Day Service: Provided 7 man Color Guard plus 2 riflemen for the ceremony. Also had a YM play Taps.

-Retirement, discharge and promotion unit ceremonies for parting and deserving Young Marines as well as adult leaders’ recognition.

-Orlando Marine Corps League’s Semper Fi fish fry fundraiser: Helped set up, break down, worked and provided a Color Guard.

-Marine Corps League Department of Florida 2015 convention: Raised morning colors and provided Color Guard for the opening ceremony.

-CPO Association of Central, FL in Winter Park Baseball Stadium: Performed Color Guard at beginning of the Baseball Game.

We appreciate your financial contribution and making this opportunity come true for our deserving Young Marines.
Thank you in advance and remember to KEEP CHARGING!!!


Sincerely,
The very appreciative parents and ODD staff


*Stay tuned for updates of the many activities the ODD unit is involved within the Central Florida area.


**To learn more about the unit and the Young Marines program, please take the time to visit their home page at:
https://www.youngmarines.com/unit/orlandodevildogs/home


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Raised by 9 people in 44 months
Created May 19, 2015
Paola Vargas
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Adrienne Massingill
42 months ago

Have a great time ODD!

JK
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Jayme Kowalsky
42 months ago

Thank you and your family for your service.

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Jim Burke
43 months ago
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Good luck, ODD!!!

PG
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Paola Geib
43 months ago
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This is the best program in the world. Met the most wonderful people while volunteering and traveling. ODD is not a unit, it's a family! Thanks for everything!!!

BB
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Brandon Bordelon
43 months ago
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I remember Pearl Harbor trip and appreciate all the wonderful memories ODD and staff gave me. Thank You Gina and Sgt Major

CB
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Christopher Burgess
44 months ago
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GM
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Gail McNulty
44 months ago
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RB
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Ricardo balseca
44 months ago
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Sonia Watson
44 months ago
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Soo very proud of you and all that you are doing to learn what it takes to be a great leader.

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