How are local Battle of Midway commemoration events funded?
In accordance with the Outreach of America's Navy Instruction (OPNAVINST 5726 8), all commands should program and budget for reoccurring long term events; however, Official Representation Funds (ORF) are acceptable for "official function support expenses" (see SECNAV Instruction 7042.7K).
What music should we play at the ceremony?
Music is optional. Below are some appropriate song choices:
Trio to the National Emblem March
Eternal Father during the Benediction
This is my Country
God Bless America
What are some other celebration ideas for our command?
Lectures/Speeches and Presentations
Midway Art Display
Social Media/Website Outreach
Educational Lessons for Schools
Moment of Silence
Should we incorporate a wreath in our ceremony/event?
A wreath is not required to commemorate the Battle of Midway. As you plan your event, consider the imagery associated with your commemoration. The Battle of Midway was a turning point in the Pacific during WWII, and the Navy celebrates this strategic victory. While it is appropriate to incorporate wreath laying and a moment of silence, the commemoration should not be limited to imagery of loss. The goal of your event should be to inspire esprit de corps while imparting the historical lessons learned from the Battle of Midway.