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The Tide Turns: Battle of Midway Symposium
Fri, June 2, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EDT
THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY
The Battle of Midway is often referred to as the “turning point” of the war in the Pacific. Six months after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Imperial Navy was preparing to deliver a decisive blow that would destroy the U.S. Navy and leave Japan the uncontested power in the Pacific. The Japanese set a trap near the island of Midway, hoping to catch what was left of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Unbeknownst to the Japanese, the American cryptanalysts had cracked the Japanese naval codes. Using this intelligence, American commanders laid a counter trap for the Japanese. A large naval battle ensued June 4-6, 1942. Through surprise and the effective use of carrier based air power, the U.S. Navy won one of the most important battles of the war. In the end, operational initiative passed from the Japanese to the Americans – thus turning the tide of the war in the Pacific and enabling Allied forces to go on the offensive.
2017 marks the 75th Anniversary of this pivital battle. To commemorate this anniversary, the MacArthur Memorial, Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemorative Commission are hosting a FREE Symposium. The Symposium will feature four lectures by experts on the Battle of Midway. In addition, there will be book signings and other commemorative exhibits onsite.
Where can I find more information about the event?
For a full list of speakers and other details, please visit: http://www.macarthurmemorial.org/DocumentCenter/View/1703.
What are my parking options for the event?
The MacArthur Center South Parking Deck is across from the MacArthur Memorial on City Hall Avenue. The entrance to this garage is at the intersection of Bank Street and City Hall Avenue. See MacArthur Center parking information for current rates: https://www.shopmacarthur.com/parking.
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