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Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President

On Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer issued a proclamation in honor and remembrance of Sophie Yazzie, the longest-living veteran in the state of Arizona who passed on January 25 at the age of 105. The proclamation orders all flags on the Navajo Nation to be flown at half-staff in honor and memory of Sophie Yazzie on January 29, 2020.

Yazzie was a member of the Navajo Nation, born in 1914 in Canyon de Chelly, Ariz. At the age of 28 she enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during World War II until she was honorably discharged. She had four children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren with her late husband Jordan B. Yazzie.

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“It is our honor to issue this proclamation to recognize the legacy of the late Sophie Yazzie, a matriarch for her family and a warrior for our Navajo people who served our country with great honor and dignity,” said President Nez.

Following her military service, Yazzie returned home and worked at Wingate Boarding School while raising her children with her husband before retiring.

“She was a loving and compassionate mother, grandmother, and veteran who served her people throughout her life in several different capacities. We will always be grateful for her contributions and we give thanks for her life and we pray for her family and friends during this time,” Vice President Lizer stated.

The funeral service for Sophie Yazzie is scheduled for Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Mission Church in St. Michaels, Ariz. The burial will be at Fort Defiance Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fort Defiance, Ariz. following the funeral service. 

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