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The Battle of Midway 79th Annual Commemoration Ceremony

Order of Events: 

0845 – 0855: Prelude Music (USMC Band) 

0855 – 0900: Hawaiian Traditional Blessing by, Uncle Shad Kane (after MC intro, Demetria Williams) 

0900 – 0902: Post-and-dismiss the Colors (Joint Service Color Guard, the band plays “Grand Old Flag”- MC have everyone stand, if able to)  

0902 – 0910: National Anthem & Hawaii Pono’i (Soloist, Nicole Lemas, sings after MC intro) 

0910 – 0913: Invocation (Chaplain, The Rev. AJ Striffler, LT, CHC, USN, after MC intro) 

0913 – 0918: Introduction of Speaker (MC, after Invocation without intro) 

0918 – 0923: Remarks on behalf of Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, Brigadier General Alex Kozlov (USAR, Ret.), and Ambassador for the Army Reserve in Hawaii 

0923 – 0928: Speaker, Senator Mike Gabbard, District 20 

0928 – 0935: Speaker, Colonel Jason C. Seal (USMC, Ret.), Chair, AMVETS NASBP Memorial Committee, and Ribbon cutting for unveiling of the NASBP Memorial (yellow-ribbon-cutting) 

0935 – 0940: Speaker, Colonel Ronald “Ron” Han (USAF, Ret.), Director, Office of Veterans’ Services 

0940 – 0945: Speaker, Mr. Dwight Victor, President, Kalaeloa Heritage Park 

0945 – 0950: Speaker, Superintendent Scott A. Burch, National Park Service 

0950 – 0955: Lt. Commander Louis “Lou” Conter, USS Arizona Survivor, a VP-11 Black Cat pilot 

0955 – 1008: Rear Admiral Robert B. Chadwick II (USN), Commander, Navy Regional Hawaii 

1008 – 1015: Colonel Gregory D. Gadson (USA, Ret.), Actor, Motivational Speaker, Double-above-amputee 

1015 – 1020: Armed Forces Medley Salute (MC, ask everyone to rise, which will then signal band to play) 

1020 – 1022: Flyover pending (Flight Team) (1020 is Requested Arrival Time) 

1022 – 1035: Remembering Battle of Midway Casualties (MC) – (Cadets from the National JROTC Honor Platoon led by MGySgt Earl Hurrey, USMC Ret., VP, Director of Strategic Alliances) 

1035 – 1037: Placing the Wreaths (after MC intro) – AMVETS Hawaii, Others 

1037 – 1040: Eternal Father (Band cue to play “Eternal Father” as wreaths are being placed) 

1040 – 1045: Rifle Salute, MARFORPAC Rifle Detail 

1045 – 1048: Playing of ECHO Taps (MC have everyone stand, if able to) 

1048 – 1050: Benediction (Chaplain, The Rev. AJ Striffler after MC intro) 

1050 – 1055: God Bless The U.S.A. (Soloist, Nicole Lemas, sings without signal after Benediction) 

1055 – 1100: Concluding Remarks (MC) 

1102 – 1110: The USMC Band plays closing music without signal, photos – guests disperse. 

End of Program 

What: The Battle of Midway 79th Annual Commemoration Ceremony & NAS Barbers Point Memorial Dedication 

When: Sunday, 6 June 2021 at 0900 

Where: Historic World War II Control Tower, formerly known as NAS Barbers Point Airport 

Address: 91-1259 Midway Road, Kalaeloa Airport, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707 


Attire: Civilian – Business Casual or Aloha 

Military: Class B/Summer Whites/Service Blues/Dress Deltas 


On June 2, 2018 we will commemorate the 76th Anniversary of the Midway battle and those lost from Ewa Field. Ewa Field symbolizes the phoenix rising from the 1941 ashes to in 1942 leading the in the Pacific War. Ewa Field was a primary training and staging area for the June 4-7, 1942 Midway battle.

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.

The victory at Midway was 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 veterans.

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Battle of Midway 76th Anniversary Commemorative Invitation


What: Battle of Midway 76th Commemoration Ceremony
When: Saturday, June 2, 2018 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Where: Ewa Field World War II Revetment District, Historic Barbers Point Stables, Kalaeloa, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
The theme for this year’s ceremony is: “Honor The Service”
Sponsored by: American Veterans Hawaii 
Stay informed here:
Guest Speakers 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 Mililani High School Choir – God Bless the U.S.A.,
National Anthem & Hawai‘i Pono’i
The Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band – Playing of United States Armed Forces Medley and other ceremonial music

4–7 June 1942, decisive American victory, was a joint Navy, Marine and Army Air Corps effort.
Ewa Field provided many planes, pilots and squadrons.

God Bless The U.S.A.

Movie will be filmed in Hawaii in Spring-Summer of 2018 and movie trailers coming out by December 2018 with likely release date in mid-December.

We can firmly document now the largely unknown direct involvement of Ewa Field in what is considered the greatest naval battle in American history.

The Midway battle aircraft revetments at Ewa Fields are by far the most important sites of national significance.

Roland Emmerich to destroy more things with Battle of the Midway film


“At the time, the Americans were the underdog,” he explained. “It was one of those moments where, against all odds, people came together and did the impossible. A lot of pilots died in this battle. I want to make a monument to them and it would be great to make a movie about it.”

Midway Losses

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
Physical Address:
Ewa Field World War II Revetments District
Historic Barbers Point Stables
Kalaeloa/Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Located inside the Barbers Point Golf Course

Passing the golf course entrance continue until seeing Barbers Point Riding Club sign, turn right – go all the way to the gated entrance by the solar PV Farm.

Mailing Address:

PO Box 2865
Ewa Beach, Hawaii (USA) 96706
Phone: 808-382-6835

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Over 95% of all donations received will directly fund our ROTC/JROTC Medals and Awards program, Hawaii Public Schools Essay Contests, the preservations of Ewa Battlefield, and other Memorials and Hawaii Historic sites.  And will also help fund our annual commemoration ceremonies: Ewa Battlefield Pearl Harbor Commemoration, Battle of Midway Commemoration, Veteran’s Day Commemoration ceremony, and other events.

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