Imagine experiencing life at sea aboard one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers. Visitors to the USS Midway Museum enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of the 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom and peace.
Every year, the No Child Left Ashore scholarship fund of the USS Midway welcomes nearly 60,000 students aboard the ship to participate in Midway University classes emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Midway American Patriot Award Gala hosted aboard the USS Midway Museum is the only annual fundraiser to benefit the ‘No Child Left Ashore’ scholarship fund to help to ensure that every child in San Diego has access to this amazing academic laboratory, regardless of their school’s financial challenges.
On August 31, the American Patriot Award Gala 100th anniversary of the US Naval Aviator Wings of Gold. On the Midway’s flight deck, four proud Midway docents who were Naval Aviators and Prisoners of War will be honored for their service and sacrifices in the name of freedom. Accepting the medals on behalf of all naval aviator POW’s that served during the Vietnam War are Will Abbott, Jack Ensch, Ed Southwick and Bill Stark. Special guest Tony Orlando will sing ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree’ to pay tribute to all those who served.
The 1942 Battle of Midway is widely recognized as the most decisive naval battle in history. USS Midway was commissioned just following WWII in 1945 and became the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Her service included strike support during Vietnam and Desert Storm, as well as peace keeping and humanitarian missions in the Pacific over a 47-year period.