Story By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ivana Campbell
June 8, 2015
(YOKOSUKA, Japan) — Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) honored Sailors who lost their lives during the Battle of Midway on the 73rd anniversary of the battle during a memorial ceremony in CFAY’s command auditorium June 4.
The Battle of Midway is credited for turning the tide of the war in the Pacific between Japan and the United States. During the 1942 battle, U.S. Naval forces destroyed four of Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers and was widely regarded as the most important of the Pacific Campaign of WWII. Japan’s navy was put on the defensive after the battle, where it would remain until the end of the war.
“I think it’s important for Sailors to remember and understand the importance of historical events like the Battle of Midway,” said Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Chief of Staff, Cmdr. Chad Spencer. “It serves as a reminder of the Navy’s proud history and accomplishments but also lets us remember those who served before us.”
The ceremony included performances from the Seventh Fleet band and a recalling of experiences and feelings of Sailors during the battle by guest speaker Rick Ferris. Ferris is the Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars District 2 here in Yokosuka.
“It was an honor to participate this ceremony to remember such a pivotal moment in American history,” said Ferris. “I hope we always remember to take lessons from history so we can learn from them and continue to improve.”
Following the guest speaker’s remarks, the master of ceremonies Quartermaster 2nd Class Elvis Gomez called everyone in attendance to attention as Taps played, followed by a recitation of the Sailor’s Creed.
CFAY provides support for ships and tenant commands in the 7th Fleet area of operations.