Battle of Midway 76th Commemoration Ceremony – Ewa Field – June 2nd

A celebration for the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Midway will be taking place at historic Ewa Field on June 2nd, 2018. Ewa played a critical role in the build up to this battle, and indeed to the successful prosecution of WWII in the Pacific.
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 marked the turning point in the Pacific Campaign during WWII, with the titanic clash of carriers which mortally wounded the Imperial Japanese Navy’s ability to field an aerial threat at sea. The celebratory event will be taking place at the historic Ewa Field World War II Revetment District, Historic Barbers Point Stables, Kalaeloa, Hawaii, beginning at 9 am on June 2nd, 2018. Ewa Field played a significant role in the buildup to both Midway and the successful prosecution of the war in the Pacific. [Click HERE to see previous articles on Ewa.]
A Vought SB2U Vindicator dive-bomber, still smoldering, shortly after the Japanese attack on Ewa and Pearl Harbor.

Battle of Midway 76th Commemoration Ceremony Invitation

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.

    Colonel Gregory Gadson will be a key speaker at the 76th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Midway on the site of the historic Ewa Field on Hawaii. (image via AMVETS Hawaii)

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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

A Brewster F2A Buffalo being refueling at Ewa in May, 1942. Note the attempt to hide the aircraft under the thorny Kiawe trees and the sandbag revetment in the background.

 

The theme for this year’s ceremony is: “Honor The Service”


What:
Battle of Midway 76th Commemoration Ceremony

When:
Saturday, 2 June 2018 (0900-1100)  

Where:
Ewa Field World War II Revetment District, Historic Barbers Point Stables, Kalaeloa, Hawaii 96707

Why:
To honor all our veterans of Midway and all ​those who’ve given their lives in service to our country

Reserved parking will be provided.
 

Ewa Field World War II Revetments District, Historic Barbers Point Stables, formerly known Barbers Point Naval Air Station (NAS) and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Ewa

Located inside the Barbers Point Golf Course, a Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) MWR facility

Directions:
https://goo.gl/maps/EStckPRRN9K2  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.

Guests Attending:
 We are expecting over 500 guests in attendance including: Elected Officials,  Senior Military Leaders, NPS Superintendent, Community Leaders, World War II Veterans, Wounded Warriors, Military, Veterans, and Gold Star Families  

Again, we look forward to seeing
you all at this worthy event to honor our heroes of World War II, Battle of Midway.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at donovan@amvets-hawaii.org or 808-382-6835.  Mahalo nui loa!
With great appreciation,
 

Commander, COO
American Veterans Hawaii

Phone: (808) 382-6835
NWOC 2019 729x90

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