Commemorate the Battle of Midway at the AZCM

Epic naval battle was a turning point during WWII

For Immediate Release
June 1, 2015

For More Information Contact:

Jason Czerwinski, Assist. Director
Arizona Capitol Museum
Phone: (602) 926-3621

Kim Crawford
Communications Manager
Phone: (602) 926-3810

PHOENIX – The World War II Battle of Midway is one of the most important dates in U.S. naval history. A commemoration ceremony hosted by the Battle of Midway Commemoration Committee will take place 11 a.m., June 5, at the Arizona Capitol Museum. Entry and parking for the AZCM are free.

As part of the remembrance Jack Holder, 93, of Sun Lakes, a Pearl Harbor survivor and participant in the Midway battle will recount his experiences. Additionally, retired Navy Rear Admiral Hugh Dennis Wisely will speak to the importance of naval aviation and its future as a necessary ingredient in the Nation's defense. Marshall Trimble, Arizona's official state historian and Marine veteran, will preside over the event as Master of Ceremonies. 

The AZCM includes exhibits relating to World War II including: “Defense to Development” which explores how the war affected Arizona and its growth in the years after; “Ernest McFarland: Father of the G.I. Bill” talks about the career of McFarland who served as an Arizona Supreme Court Justice, Governor, and U.S. Senator; “The Merci Train” featuring items France sent in a boxcar as a “thank you” to the American people for their generosity;  and, “U.S.S. Arizona: Flagship of the Fleet” features the silver service from the ship and a piece of the ship’s hull.

Additionally, Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, just across 17th avenue from the AZCM, offers many memorials to World War II veterans and its battles.

The AZCM is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free parking is available in Wesley Bolin Plaza at 17th avenue and Washington street. For more information call 602-926-3620. The AZCM is a branch of the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State;