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5/8/09

Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner

Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Army Navy Country Club
Reception 1830
Dinner 1900

This year marks the 67th 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 the war 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 the past several years the Battle of Midway has been commemorated in the month of June in Washington DC. This year the Battle of Midway Commemoration is being sponsored by a number of Associations and Foundations including Association of Naval Aviation, Naval Historical Foundation, Naval Order of the United States, The Navy League of the United States, The United States Navy Memorial Foundation, Surface Navy Association, and the Tailhook Association.

For more information and to register for the dinner please visit http://www.midwaycommemoration.org

One other event is being planned to commemorate the Battle of Midway in the DC Area. The Naval District Washington will host a wreath laying ceremony at 1400 on 4 June at the Navy Memorial, located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington DC. Chief of Naval Operation ADM Gary Roughead has issued a NAVADMIN message about the Midway commemorations here and around the country. A link to this can be found on the website at
http://www.midwaycommemoration.org

Thanks to Ollie Shearer for announcement

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