Sequence of Events

Battle of Midway 76th Commemoration Ceremony Script
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Order of Events:

0850 – 0900: Prelude Music, concluding by 11:25 (USMC Band)

0900 – 0902: Welcome – The theme for this year’s ceremony is “Honor The Service” (Donna
Gishitomi, MC)

0902 – 0910: National Anthem & Hawaii Poohi (Mililani HS Choir, sings after MC intro)

0910 – 0913: Invocation (Chaplain, LCDR Philip Ridley after MC intro)

0913 – 0918: Introduction of Speaker (Valerie Van der Veer, after Invocation without intro)

0918 – 0925: Speaker – Senator Mike Gabbard, District 20 (after MC intro)

0925 – 0935: Speaker – COL Gregory Gadson (U.S. Army, Ret.), former US Army Wounded
Warrior Director, Garrison Commander of the U.S. Army Fort Belvoir. He is also a
bilateral above-the-knee amputee, actor, and motivational speaker.

0935 – 0945: Speaker – Daniel Martinez, Chief Historian for the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument

0945 – 0955: Speaker – Benjamin Resnick is a historical archaeologist and a senior director/assistant vice president with GAI Consultants, Inc.
0955 – 1015: Music – Armed Forces Medley Salute (USMC Band without signal after speaker, Band Director cues services to rise)

1015 – 1020: Music – Battle Hymn of the Republic and God Bless America (USMC after band, and manage timing before, during, and/or after flyover)

1020 – 1025: Flyover (Flight Team) (1020 is Requested Arrival Time)

1025 – 1030: Battle of Midway Commemoration Essay: “What Battle of Midway Means to Me” (MC)

1030 – 1035: Remembering Battle of Midway Casualties (Donna Gishitomi, MC)

1035 – 1040: Placing the Wreaths (after MC intro)

– AmVets Hawaii

– National Park Service

– Others

1040 – 1045: Music – America the Beautiful (USMC Band after MC intro)

1045 – 1050: Battle of Midway Tribute – Playing of Taps (USMC Band, after MC intro)

(There will be no Rifle Salute due to the horses at the event)

1050 – 1053: Benediction (Chaplain, LCDR Philip Ridley after MC intro)

1053 – 1057: God Bless The U.S.A. (Mililani HS Choir, sings without signal after Benediction)

1057 – 1059: Retirement of the Colors (USMC Color Guard, after MC order)

1059 – 1100: Concluding Remarks (MC)

1100 – 1115: The USMC Band plays closing music without signal, and while the guests disperse.

End of Program

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