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New Memorial Recognizes Generations Of Military Service By Native American Veterans

The newest monument on the National Mall, which opens on Veterans Day, will provide a quiet shrine for Native vets to visit. Native Americans have traditionally served in high numbers.
A new monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., opens on Veterans Day - the National Native American Veterans Memorial. Source: Alan Karchmer/National Native American Veterans Memorial

After 25 years in the making, a new monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., opens on Veterans Day — the National Native American Veterans Memorial.

"It's an article of faith in Indian country that Native Americans serve at a greater rate than basically any other group," said Kevin Gover, the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and a citizen of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.

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