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By MCS 2nd Class (SW) Rebekah Blowers

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CNO Leads Battle of Midway Commemoration
(June 6, 2009)

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WASHINGTON (6/4/2009 - NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) spoke at the Battle of Midway Commemoration Ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial June 4 in Washington.

Adm. Gary Roughead, CNO, said the Battle of Midway showed the world what an American Sailor could do and is the ultimate statement of the Navy's ethos and character. He said it was what Admiral Chester Nimitz called 'A glorious page in our history.'
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead inspects members of the Navy and Marine Corps ceremonial guard during the Battle of Midway Commemoration Ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington. Each year, the Navy remembers the he courage and sacrifice of the Sailors who fought in the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific during WWII.
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead inspects members of the Navy and Marine Corps ceremonial guard during the Battle of Midway Commemoration Ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington on June 4, 2009. Each year, the Navy remembers the he courage and sacrifice of the Sailors who fought in the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific during WWII.  U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst
The Battle of Midway was a turning point in the war in the Pacific during World War II from 6-8, 1942. Each year, the Navy commemorates the battle by remembering the Sailors who fought so valiantly.

"While we look back on the incredible achievements of Midway and reflect on what it took for those Sailors to win, we can also look forward with great confidence," Roughead said. "Knowing that the challenges we face today will be overcome by Sailors and citizens with the same devotion, spirit and uncommon valor of those who fought and won at Midway."

More than 600 people, including 10 Midway veterans, attended and listened as CNO thanked the veterans and their families for their courage and sacrifice and stated that Sailors today are following their example.

"The actions taken by the individual Sailors who fought in this battle - the strength of their character and firmness of their resolve – is why this Battle is so significant in our history and why we commemorate it today," Roughead said.

CNO noted that as he spoke in Washington, the Ronald Reagan Strike Group, including the frigate USS Thach (FFG 43), was steaming in the waters near Midway Island to honor the nation's World War II veterans and conduct a burial at sea for Cmdr. Dave "Abe" Simmons, the one-time wingman of Adm. Jimmy Thach, one of the heroes of the Battle of Midway.

Article by MCS 2nd Class (SW) Rebekah Blowers
Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs
Copyright 2009

Reprinted from Navy News

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