NAVADMIN 068/00 Subject: Midway Night Commemoration



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R 232323Z MAR 00 ZYB MIN PSN 327982J31


FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N09//


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NAVADMIN 068/00


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SUBJ/BATTLE OF MIDWAY COMMEMORATION//


RMKS/1. LAST YEAR CNO OUTLINED HIS GOAL FOR PRESERVING ANDBUILDING UPON OUR RICH NAVAL HERITAGE AND ANNOUNCED A PLAN TOCELEBRATE ANNUALLY THE TWO MOST PROMINENT DAYS OF OUR NAVY'SPAST, OUR BIRTHDAY, 13 OCTOBER 1775, AND THE ANNIVERSARY OF THEBATTLE OF MIDWAY, 4 JUNE 1942. THIS NAVADMIN PROVIDES ADDITIONALINFORMATION ON THIS YEAR'S MIDWAY COMMEMORATION.


2. THE COURAGE, SACRIFICE, HEROISM AND TEAMWORK OF EVERY SAILORIN THAT PIVOTAL BATTLE FOR THE PACIFIC DURING WORLD WAR IIWARRANTS OUR STUDY, EMULATION AND REVERENCE. ALTHOUGH WE CANIDENTIFY EQUAL ACTS OF SELFLESSNESS AND BRAVERY THROUGHOUT OUR224 YEAR HISTORY, MIDWAY IS UNIQUE IN THAT ON THE SHOULDERS OFTHE COURAGEOUS SAILORS WHO FOUGHT THERE, RESTED THE FATE OF THEPACIFIC AND POSSIBLY THE WORLD. THEIR VICTORY WAS ACHIEVEDTHROUGH A SYNERGY OF EFFORTS WHICH INCLUDED THE BREAKING OF THEENEMY'S CODE, THE UNTIRING EFFORTS OF THOSE WHO HELPED SUSTAIN OURFORCES, AND THE SAILORS AT THE TIP OF THE SPEAR WHO DEFEATEDVASTLY SUPERIOR ENEMY FORCES. THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY EPITOMIZESTHE WARFIGHTING SPIRIT THAT ON A DAILY BASIS WE STRIVETO DEMONSTRATE IN THE ADRIATIC AND OFF THE COAST OF IRAQ.


3. THIS JUNE WE WILL MARK THE FIRST BATTLE OF MIDWAY COMMEMORATIONWHERE WE WILL HOLD EVENTS TO HONOR THE NAVY OF YESTERDAYAND THE SAILORS WHO LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR OUR NAVY'S GREATNESSTODAY. COMMANDERS, COMMANDING OFFICERS, AND OFFICERS IN CHARGEARE ENCOURAGED TO COMMEMORATE THE ANNIVERSARY AS DESIRED AND ASDEEMED APPROPRIATE FOR THEIR COMMAND WITH EVENTS SUCH AS TOURS,COMMEMORATION CEREMONIES, COMMAND FUNCTIONS, A DINING IN ORDINING OUT TO INCLUDE SPOUSES, VETERANS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS. EVENTSTHAT INFORM AND EDUCATE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL AUDIENCES AND PROMOTECOMMAND AND COMMUNITY AWARENESS ARE ENCOURAGED.


4. MIDWAY NIGHT 2000 WILL CENTER AROUND 4 JUNE 2000, THE 58THANNIVERSARY OF COMMENCEMENT OF THE BATTLE. COMMANDS SHOULD HOLDEVENTS EITHER ON 4 JUNE 2000 OR AS CLOSE TO THE DATE AS FEASIBLEBASED ON OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND LOCAL FACTORS THAT WOULDFACILITATE MAXIMUM ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION. THE NAVALHISTORICAL CENTER HAS ADDED A MIDWAY NIGHT INFORMATION PAGE TO THEIRWEBSITE (WWW.HISTORY.NAVY.MIL). THIS SITE INCLUDES BATTLE OF MIDWAYGENERAL INFO, REGIONAL POINTS OF CONTACT AND INFO ON MIDWAY VETERANSGROUPS.A SAMPLE AGENDA FOR A "MIDWAY NIGHT" DINING IN EVENT WILL BE POSTEDIN THE NEAR FUTURE.


5. OUR NAVY'S HISTORY IS REPLETE WITH ACTS OF HONOR, COURAGE ANDCOMMITMENT WHERE SAILORS HAVE DONE THEIR DUTY TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRYAND ITS CITIZENS. THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OFSACRIFICE, SERVICE BEFORE SELF AND A FITTING VEHICLE THROUGH WHICHTO HONOR ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO OUR NAVY'S PROUD HERITAGE. I LOOKFORWARD TO COMMEMORATING THIS SPECIAL OCCASION WITH YOU, THE FINESTSAILORS IN THE WORLD.


6. RELEASED BY ADM D. L. PILLING, VCNO.//


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