Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the Sea of White ceremony on June 5 at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. The ceremony commemorates the Navy’s most historically significant victory – the Battle of Midway, which is considered to be the turning point in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
The live video is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (EDT).
From June 4 to 7, 1942, only six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the U.S. Navy under admirals Chester Nimitz, Frank Jack Fletcher and Raymond A. Spruance decisively defeated an attacking fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy under admirals Isoroku Yamamoto, Chuichi Nagumo and Nobutake Kondo near Midway Island. U.S. forces inflicted devastating damage on the Japanese fleet that proved irreparable, and military historian John Keegan called it “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare.”