Greetings from the flight deck of the USS Midway. The holidays this past year were much more festive than in 2020, and we are all excited about an even better 2022. We’re also looking forward to celebrating the centennial of the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier this year.
It was in 1922 that the USS Langley (CV-1) was commissioned as America’s first aircraft carrier, and the Midway stands today as a testament to the industrial genius and progress of democracy over the past century. The Navy will be sponsoring celebrations across the country for the occasion and I’m sure Midway will play a central role in that endeavor.
I want to thank all of our volunteers, members and supporters for helping Midway continue to successfully navigate the COVID storm. As we start to moving in a more positive direction, I’d like to make sure that all of our “crew” knows just how we did during the pandemic, and I would offer the following for your edification:
– We are in as strong a financial position now as we were going into the pandemic. While our business was shut down, our financial investments did very well during the stock market run up.
– Our staff is very strong. While we were forced to downsize, the outstanding new crew we’re hiring is amongst the best.
– Our volunteers returned to us nearly 100 percent, and we have resumed a full operating schedule thanks to them. None of them look a day older!
– Our education team built an online education program while we were closed, and is now returning to their onboard programs and the Snooze Crewz sleepover program resumed in January.
– Our events team has been completely rebuilt with a group of very experienced and talented leaders from the San Diego hospitality industry…better than ever!
Finally, we’ve begun to quietly finalize the plans for the development of our park on Navy Pier. We will be able to maintain adequate parking as we build the largest veterans park on the West Coast of America. Stand by for details…it’s going to be an exciting year for Midway.
Onward and upward,
They reached out to the Midway.
“We believe the USS Midway is a symbol of all that makes this country great and we were excited to find out that it was an option for the event,” said Dennis.
“It was truly a pleasure to be able to help the marshals with this tribute,” said Susan Butler, Midway’s event manager. “I’m delighted that we could make their tribute event a special experience. They were very excited to be on board.”
On March 12, the marshals began their early-morning run at the San Diego County Administration building, made their way to the Midway, where the nearly 30 marshals and their mascot dog Lucky, engaged in some group calisthenics before heading back to the starting line.
From the moment any marshal starts initial training, the sacrifices past marshals have made are emphasized. Trainees are expected to know the names of each marshal killed in the line of duty.
“We learn about our past and honor those who have passed,” said Dennis. “When we graduate [from the U.S. Marshals Academy] and receive the silver star, we become part of the marshal’s legacy. This is why the Fallen Heroes Run is important.”
Many members of the marshal service are military veterans with a large number of them still serving in the reserves. Whether or not a marshal has prior military service, each member continues to honor their oaths and remember the fallen.
“Thank you for allowing us to have the USS Midway be part of our special event,” said Dennis. “We look forward to continuing this tradition.”