The 70th Anniversary of the historic Battle of Midway was marked with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Arizona Memorial on board Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The ceremony included a parade of colors from the Navy and Marine Corps Color Guard; the singing of the national anthem and Hawaii Ponoi from Amanda Carona, historian of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument; and a flyover from an SNJ-5B vintage craft.
Serving as guest speaker for the occasion was Rear Adm. James Caldwell, commander, Submarine Forces and U.S. Pacific Fleet. He said: “It is a great privilege for me to join you to honor those who fought at the Battle of Midway 70 years ago today… Today, we reflect on and celebrate the accomplishments of one of America’s greatest generations; those brave men and women that served our country in a time of war.”
The commemoration at that particular location was but fitting, as the Battle of Midway is considered as a major turning point in the Pacific campaign during World War II, while the Arizona Memorial is the site where the Pacific War began. Caldwell said: “It is fitting because this is the place where our nation was thrust in to war… It is also a place where the American fighting spirit was reaffirmed, as it has been many times in our history.”
During the wreath-laying ceremony, the wreaths were dedicated from the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Marine Forces Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.