VA BEACH-The Navy is marking the 71th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, considered the decisive battle of the war in the Pacific.
The wreath-laying ceremony began 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Association of Naval Aviation Memorial, located at 25th Street and Atlantic Ave. at the Va. Beach Oceanfront.
Rear Admiral Mark Guadagnini, Director, Maritime Headquarters, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, will be the guest speaker.
The Navy says the battle, fought over and near the tiny U.S. mid-Pacific base at Midway atoll, represents the strategic high water mark of Japan's Pacific Ocean war. Until then, Japan had general naval superiority over the U.S. and could usually choose where and when to attack. After Midway, the two opposing fleets were essentially equals, and the United States soon took the offensive.
Learn more about this historic WWII battle on the Naval History and Heritage Command Website.