Cradled in the stone of the Window Rock is the Navajo Nation's ultimate tribute to all the brave warriors, past and present, who served this land to protect the ways of the Navajo people.
This is what a visitor might think as she comes to the monument.
My son died in the Vietnam War. I miss him, but his memory lives on in my heart. I am happy that the Nation has created a memorial to honor him and all other Navajos who fight for our land.
As I leave the parking area across from our president’s office, there is a path that leads around the juniper trees to the monument. I pass the States flags of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah along the way. They do not define any state border because this is one land, not fifty.
As I approach the southern gate, the American flag is on the left and the Navajo Nation flag is on the right. They are of equal height. As I look northward to the Window Rock, I see that the memorial is a giant circle, tilting towards the South, towards the sun. It is easy to see that this is a medicine wheel. With each of the directions honored. The paths point to the sacred mountains of our history.