The Indian believed that dying was not a tragic thing. It was important to the Indian that he die well, with dignity, to consciously choose to die even if it is inevitable. This kind of self control in the face of death earns a warrior the greatest glory.
It is sad that a Country as great as ours turned their back on a Decorated Hero because he was an Indian. He was good enough to risk his life for his Country, but the Country that he fought for didn't think enough of him to give him a place in their Society. If it wasn't for the Native Americans the 2nd World War would have lasted longer. Thanks to the Navaho Code talkers, the Japanese could not break the codes that they sent.
Ira Hayes did not reach the Dignity of his beliefs and teachings. It is with a sad heart that I try to Honor Ira Hayes, not because he was an Indian, but because he was a Human being. May he Rest In Peace.
There is a Native American saying: "When a Eagle Feather falls to the ground, a Brave has died".....
This Feather is the Symbol of the Native, and it is Presented to All who died to insure the Freedoms we enjoy today.
To all the Brave Warrior's I would like to say: "WALDO, HIGINELLI"..... Which in Cherokee means: "THANK YOU, MY FRIEND" !