Navy Cancels Battle of Midway Ceremony Due to Virginia Beach Shooting

Virginia Beach Shooting
Community members hold hands and pray around the 12 crosses at the memorial located by Building 11 of the Municipal Center, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Va. Twelve crosses were placed at the memorial to honor the 12 victims of the mass shooting that took place at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center days earlier. (Sarah Holm/The Virginian-Pilot via AP) -- The Associated Press

VIRGINIA BEACH -- The Navy is canceling its Battle of Midway ceremony at the Virginia Beach oceanfront due to the mass shooting in which 12 people and the gunman were killed at the city municipal center.

The ceremony was scheduled for Friday at the Naval Aviation Monument Park to mark the 77th anniversary of the battle. The Battle of Midway was a turning point for the allied victory in the Pacific and was fought from June 3-7, 1942.

"It is with a heavy heart we make this decision," Rear Adm. Roy Kelly, commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic, said in a statement Tuesday. "At this time, we are focused on our community and helping remember the wonderful lives of those we lost."

The Navy held a moment of silence for the victims on Monday at Naval Air Station Oceana. The base is a few miles away from the site of the shooting.

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