Battle of Midway commemoration at the Oceanfront

Local military members commemorate the Battle of Midway on June 5, 2017.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- This weekend, we remember the Battle of Midway in Word War II.

Our military fought from June 3 to June 7 in 1942 on the tiny island of Miday in the central Pacific Ocean, just six months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

In Virginia Beach, Naval Air Force Atlantic -- in conjunction with the Hampton Roads Squadron, Association of Naval Aviation -- will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle and its victory for the United States and its allies.

The ceremony, which will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, is free and the public is invited to attend. It will be held at  the Naval Aviation Monument Park at 25th and Atlantic Streets at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Seating will be provided and parking is available at the municipal parking garage at 336 25th Street for $2 per hour.

The guest of honor for the commemoration will be Captain (Retired) Dexter Rumsey, a veteran of the Battle of Midway who flew patrol aircraft out of the French Frigate Shoals, 560 miles northwest of Honolulu. He would later command two ships, Bomber Squadron 211 and Fighter Squadron 41. 

Other highlights of the ceremony include a fly over performed by U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets followed by a solo T-6 Texan vintage World War II airplane, music by the U.S. Fleet Forces Command Brass Quintet, a World War II re-enactor performing radio newscasts from the era, and a wreath laying ceremony followed by a 21-gun salute from the Navy Region Mid Atlantic Honor Guard and a bugler playing TAPS.

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