Battle of Midway 76th Anniversary Commemorative Invitation

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Battle of Midway 76th Anniversary
Commemorative Invitation
June 1942 – June 2018

On June 2, 2018, American Veterans “AMVETS” Hawaii and the Barbers Point Riding Club will be hosting the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway was a major turning point in World War II. The Imperial Japanese Navy lost two thirds of its aircraft carriers and many of the crews and officers aboard them.

Please accept this invitation to commemorate the incredible victory at Midway made possible because of the immense skill and bravery of the men who fought in the skies, on land, and in and under the sea. The outcome of the battle was truly built on their heroism and sacrifice. And on this day and every day, we honor the service of our heroes.

Guest Speaker(s) includes:

Colonel Gregory D. Gadson (US Army, Retired), former US Army Wounded Warrior Director, Garrison Commander of the U.S. Army Fort Belvoir. He is also a bilateral above-the-knee amputee, actor, and motivational speaker. He served in the U.S. Army for more than 25 years as a field artillery officer and served on active duty for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Joint Forge, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Benjamin Resnick is a historical archaeologist and a senior director/assistant vice president with GAI Consultants, Inc., a full-service engineering and environmental consulting firm.

Ben specializes in the study of historic-period resources focusing on military sites, urban sites, farmsteads, and GIS-based applications to archaeological predictive modeling. He has authored or coauthored numerous reports and publications over the last 30 years including articles in the SAA Archaeological Record, Interpreting Space: GIS in Archaeology, The Archeology of Landscape and Geographic Information Systems: Predictive Maps, Settlement Dynamics, and Space and Territory in Prehistory, South Carolina Antiquities, Industrial Archaeology, and a public monograph entitled, For the Sake of the Living: A Civil War Battlefield Burial, Gettysburg National Military Park.

His topic: Ewa Field South Revetment Historic District and the Battle of Midway

Daniel A. Martinez is Chief Historian for the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument. His areas of responsibility include the USS Arizona Memorial and Visitors Center, the USS Utah Memorial, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and the other Historic Sites along Battleship Row.

Senator Mike Gabbard, Hawaii District 20

The Committee for the Battle of Midway 76th Commemoration Ceremony requests the honor of your presence
to attend and participate in the 76th commemorative ceremony of the Battle of Midway on Saturday, the second of June two thousand and eighteen in the World War II Revetment District Barbers Point Stables, Naval Air Station, Kapolei, Hawaii 96706 from 0900 – 1100.

Join us!

Battle of Midway 76th Anniversary Commemorative Invitation



Civilian – Business/Aloha

Military – Duty Uniform

Battle of Midway 76th Commemoration Ceremony

Order of Events:

Prelude Music – Marine Forces Pacific Band

Welcome – MC: 2LT Danielle Nuszkowski

Posting of the Colors: Marine Forces Pacific Color Guard

National Anthem & Hawai’i Pono’i – Mililani High School Choir

Invocation – Chaplain, LCDR Philip Ridley

Speaker: Senator Mike Gabbard, Hawaii State Senate, District 20

AMVETS Silver Helmet Award presented to Dr. Gerard K. Akaka – Sen. Gabbard & CDR Lazarus

Speaker: Valerie Van der Veer, President, Barbers Point Riding Club

Speaker: Benjamin Resnick, Historical Archaeologist

Speaker: Daniel Martinez, Chief Historian, National Park Service

Keynote Address: COL Gregory Gadson (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Hawaii Certificate of Achievement presented to COL Gadson by Sen. Gabbard & CDR Lazarus

Battle Hymn of the Republic and God Bless America – Marine Forces Pacific Band

Placing the Ceremonial Wreaths – AmVets Hawaii:
Commander Donovan A. Lazarus, CDR Ron Lam, CDR Carl Vincenti and COL
Gregory Gadson, Senator Mike Gabbard and Dr. Gerard Akaka

National Park Service: Superintendent Jacqueline
Ashwell and NPS Chief Historian Daniel Martinez

Remembering Battle of Midway Casualties – MC: 2LT Danielle
Nuszkowski and Donna Gishitomi, Dir., AMVETS Family Services

Battle of Midway Tribute – Playing of “Taps”

Music – America the Beautiful – Marine Forces Pacific Band

God Bless The U.S.A. – Mililani High School Choir

Benediction – Chaplain, LCDR Philip Ridley

Retirement of the Colors – Marine Forces Pacific Color Guard

Music – Armed Forces Medley Salute – Marine Forces Pacific Band

Concluding Remarks & Acknowledgements

Closing Ceremonial Music – Marine Forces Pacific Band

End of Program

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Phone: 808-382-6835



Address: American Veterans Hawaii

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Honolulu, Hawaii 96818

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