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Southern Steak & Oyster to Host Meet and Greet with Navajo Code Talkers Nov. 11

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development; November 8, 2013:

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– A free meet and greet with the Navajo Code Talkers, one of the most storied units in United States military history will be held 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 in The Southern Steak & Oyster’s private Demonbreun Room.

As one of America’s oldest living groups of WWII heroes, the Navajo Code Talkers are famous for their “secret code,” a language developed in early 1942 and the only military code never broken by an enemy. By 1945, there were more than 400 trained Navajo Code Talkers, and their unbreakable code played a vital role in saving thousands of lives.

“My father served alongside Zurl Keames, a Navajo Code Talker in Patton’s Army behind the German lines on his infamous march to Paris,” said Tom Morales, owner of The Southern Steak & Oyster. “Growing up, my father shared stories that Zurl validated during a lengthy stay in my home here in Nashville in the early ’90s. I have so much respect for these brave men; I jumped at the opportunity to host these surviving heroes.”

In addition, from Friday, Nov. 8 through Monday, Nov. 11, select restaurant managers and staff will strap on their combat boots purchased from The Boot Campaign to show appreciation for U.S. troops (

Staff and managers at The Southern will also Nov. 8 – Nov. 11 put on a pair of combat boots to support The Boot Campaign. The Boot Campaign, a grassroots initiative designed to show appreciation for U.S. troops, cultivates awareness of the challenges soldiers face upon returning from active duty. The program also raises funds to help wounded military and their families with living expenses, fund job placement programs, provide mental health support and counseling, and more.

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