CORPUS CHRISTI – Naval Air Station Kingsville hosted a commemoration ceremony of the Battle of Midway along with the 75th anniversary of D-Day aboard the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay Tuesday morning.
The ceremony opened with Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Dan Curtis providing the invocation which brought numerous veterans attending the event to tears as they remembered the fateful battle so many year passed.
“God the Father, under your watchful eye we gather on the deck of this legendary ship,” the chaplain said. “We gather to remember war, in hopes that we may find peace.
“We gather to remember heroism in hopes that our own hearts will be stirred toward selfless sacrifice. We gather to remember violence and victory, heartache and hope
“From the beaches of Normandy to the depths of the Pacific, soldiers, sailors and marines called out to you and you heard their prayers.”
The Battle of Midway was fought from June 4-7, 1942, near the Central Pacific island of Midway and became the decisive battle of the war in the Pacific. Before Midway, Japan was on the offensive, capturing territory throughout Asia and the Pacific. The destruction of a major portion of their carrier fleet and naval aviation forces at Midway effectively ended Japanese expansion and put U.S. and Allied forces on the offensive.
Operation Overlord, more commonly referred to as D-Day, began on June 6, 1944, and remains the largest amphibious landing in history. The invasion of France turned the tide of the war in Europe.
The naval component of the invasion consisted of nearly 7,000 ships, boats and amphibious craft, including the battleship USS Texas (BB-35) which served as the flagship of the bombardment group charged with supporting the landings on Omaha Beach.
At the end of the ceremony, a wreath was released into the ocean in remembrance of the lives lost during both the Battle of Midway and D-Day.