75th Battle Of Midway Commemoration ceremony honors American service, sacrifice

Sailors and the official party prepare to present the ceremonial wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial during a Battle of Midway 75th anniversary commemoration ceremony held at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, June 5. Photo by MC2 Jason Abrams

Jim Neuman

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

June 5 marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The U.S. Navy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service commemorated the historic event and honored the veterans of the battle in a special ceremony that took place on both Midway Atoll and at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

The American victory at Midway in June of 1942 was a turning point of the war in the Pacific, and is considered one of the most important naval battles in U.S. history.

The early morning event honored the many veterans whose determination and sacrifice led to Allied victory in the Pacific. Retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Andrew Singer, deputy director for intelligence at U.S. Pacific Command, and Robyn Thorson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific regional director, spoke of the importance of the legacy of the battle.

“There are moments in history that are stunningly singular and stand out as pivotal, where destiny does turn on a moment, such was the Battle of Midway,” Thorson said. “Thank you to the veterans of all branches of the service, including those at today’s ceremony and those on active duty, our American lives and livelihood stands on your shoulders.”

The ceremony included a live video stream of the joint U.S. Navy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 75th commemoration that took place on Midway Atoll. Two veterans of the Battle of Midway,

Col. John F. Miniclier and Sgt. 1st Class Edgar R. Fox, were present at the ceremony on Midway to represent the remaining survivors of the historic battle.

The U.S. Navy recognizes the Battle of Midway as one of the most significant dates in naval history. As stewards and caretakers of the Battle of Midway National Memorial and Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service preserves the memory of those who gave their all at Midway.

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