Midway Island Revisited
Hello my Midway friends.
Midway is one of my favorite places in the world. I was stationed there for two years when I was a young man in the US Navy in the 1970's. I have been very much blessed to have been able to return to Midway several times since then. Each time I go I'm filled with so many mixed emotions. The island has since been put into the hands of the US Fish and Wildlife Service for safe keeping. My mixed emotions involve my love of the island and its beauty and the excitement to be able to return, mixed with realization of the lack of upkeep and the degradation of the island since the USFWS has taken it over. There just seems to be a lack of want to preserve or interpret the island's history and legacy. I find this sad.
I was there to witness and be a part of the 70th Anniversary Ceremony of the Battle of Midway, the pivotal battle in the Pacific of World War II, June of 2012. I was privileged to have been a part of that special day. I was able to meet and chat with two amazing men who were survivors of the battle. I feel that it is the responsibility for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to give the historical aspect of the island, which is, as veterans our legacy, equal respect to their other responsibilities at Midway.
Please leave a comment below if you were ever stationed or worked at Midway. :)
Thanks to you all my Midway Island brethren.