Midway 75th Anniversary

June 05, 2017, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Learn More + Add to calendar 2017-06-05 9:00:00 AM 2017-06-05 5:00:00 PM America/Mexico_City The National WWII Museum 945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 Midway 75th Anniversary
Location: The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Midway—the turning point in the battle in the Pacific—the Museum will host a series of programs in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Service, including participating and airing in the nationwide ceremony from Midway Atoll.

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Midway Multimedia Presentations
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
On larger-than-life screens, watch video footage from the Museum’s collection on the Battle of Midway and the events that led up to it, told by the men who witnessed these events as they unfolded. Archival photos and footage interlaced with the veterans' recollections give a mind's eye view of what these men experienced over 70 years ago.

10:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Collections Highlight
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
Senior Curator and Restoration Manager Tom Czekanski gives a briefing under the Museum’s SBD Dauntless dive bomber, the warbird that delivered the deathblows of Midway.

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
C. Wade McClusky: A Veteran’s Story
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
Seth Paridon, manager of research services and curator of Turning Point 1942, the Museum’s past special exhibit on the Battle of Midway, presents on a key figure of the battle—C. Wade McClusky—whose actions were the deciding factor in the battle.

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Commemoration Ceremony
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
On Monday, June 5, at 2:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. CST/8:00 a.m. on Midway, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in coordination with the U.S. Navy, the National Park Service, and other partners, will host commemoration events at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial as well as other locations throughout the US—including The National WWII Museum. Watch the livestream of the ceremony and remarks with introduction by senior staff of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Japanese Aircraft Carrier Models
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, Level 3
Displayed on the third level of Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, scale models of the six Japanese aircraft carriers that delivered attack planes to Pearl Harbor are the work of Texas craftsman Dave McVey. Meticulously researched and painstakingly assembled, the models represent the Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, Hiryu, Shokaku, and Zuikaku, and will be on display at the Museum from mid-November 2016 to mid-June 2017 to mark their role in both the attack on Pearl Harbor and the later Battle of Midway.