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Keesler marks 75 years since the Battle of Midway

Keesler Air Force commemorated the historic event with a ceremony. (Image Source: WLOX News) Keesler Air Force commemorated the historic event with a ceremony. (Image Source: WLOX News)
.  A sea of servicemen and women weathered the heat to partake in a special ceremony remembering what many call America's greatest naval victory.(Image Source: WLOX News) . A sea of servicemen and women weathered the heat to partake in a special ceremony remembering what many call America's greatest naval victory.(Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It's been 75 years since the Battle of Midway, a defining moment in the navy's history.  Keesler Air Force commemorated the historic event with a ceremony, Wednesday.  

A sea of servicemen and women weathered the hot sun to partake in a special ceremony remembering what many call America's greatest naval victory.

"These ceremonies are important because it allows us to honor the past and inspire the future. It allows us to tie past events and keep us moving in the future and understand how we got where we are today," said Knapp.

The Battle of Midway was fought in the central Pacific, just six months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At the end of the battle, more than 300 Americans had been killed and the Japanese suffered about 3,000 casualties.

"After I did more research and looked more into it, I didn't realize the amount of lives that were lost, not only on our side but the Japanese side as well," said Instructor Tanner Anderson.

Anderson was charged with the responsibility of organizing the ceremony, and retired World War II veterans were invited on base for the event.

"This is something we all remember.  After all, this is quite a ceremony, 75 years that we went through this battle of Midway," said Jossendal.

Though America was victorious in the battle, Veteran Jossendal says he hopes to never see the US military engage in such a challenge again. Current military leaders believe that's why it's important to remember the past.

"As we move forward especially with our junior sailors to show them that this is something that developed who we are now. We all carry the name U.S. Navy on our hearts, especially in this uniform, that it takes more than just me as an individual to accomplish what our goals and missions are. It takes a team," said Anderson.

During that battle, U.S. forces sank four Japanese carriers. 

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