|American planes during the Battle of Midway; photo from US Navy archives|
On December 7, 1941 the Japanese military conducted a surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of O`ahu. It was a terrible loss for the United States, and caused the country to enter World War II against Japan. But 6 months later, June 4-7, the Americans won the Battle of Midway against the Japanese. After 3 more years of fighting, the United States and her allies finally won the War.
Japan is now one of America's best friends. Tomorrow all of us on Midway, including both Japanese and American World War II veterans, will commemorate the Battle of Midway...and will continue to work together for peace.