2019 marks the 77th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway. On June 4th 1942, a vastly outnumbered and outgunned U.S. Fleet defeated the finest of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the waters off a small Pacific Atoll named Midway. Their daring combination of intelligence, tactics, courage and sacrifice forever changed the course of World War II and world history.
In 1999 then Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jay L. Johnson announced that beginning with the 2000 observance, June 4 would become as significant as Oct. 13 -- the Navy's birthday. "Twice a year, we will pause as a Navy to reflect upon our proud heritage and to build in all hands a renewed awareness of our tradition and history," Johnson said.
For over 16 years, victory at the Battle of Midway has been celebrated on the battle's anniversary with a formal dinner in Washington, DC. This annual event is sponsored by a consortium of nonprofit Navy and Marine Corps-related Associations and Foundations, listed on the Event Sponsors tab.
The 75th anniversary dinner guests included six Midway veterans, pictured below with Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Bill Moran, and the active duty escorts who volunteered their time to ensure the veterans and their family members were able to attend the series of events in the Washington, DC area. These events included wreath laying ceremonies at the National World War II Memorial, the Navy Memorial, and a reception on Capitol Hill sponsored by the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs.