Midway – We Remember.
70 years ago this past week, the outnumbered U.S. Pacific Fleet began an epic clash against the unbeaten Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. After suffering an array of defeats and an unprecedented loss of territory across the Pacific, the U.S. Navy finally gained the offensive hand in the 1942 Battle of Midway. Decisiveness, strategy, and good luck all came together, and the Americans proved to the the Imperial Japanese fleet that they were a force to be reckoned. All four Japanese aircraft carriers were lost, along with several experienced aviators. The United States lost one carrier, the USS Yorktown. But the notion and sentiment that bobbed in the waves was unsinkable: this had been the greatest battle in U.S. naval history.
Earlier this week, War in the Pacific National Historical Park on Guam joined forces with Joint Region Marianas to hold a commemoration ceremony, marking 70 years since the Battle of Midway. The ceremony featured a wreath-laying in memory, the recognition of one of Guam’s Pearl Harbor survivors, and a military static display. This display allowed the general public to view military craft and machinery up-close, with the experts who operate them on-hand to answer questions.
War in the Pacific National Historical Park honors the bravery and sacrifices of all those who participated in the Pacific Theater of World War II, and we salute our current armed forces serving valiantly all over the globe.