The USS Midway Veterans Association has canceled its 2020 reunion in Norfolk, Virginia, at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside hotel, due to the coronavirus pandemic, which at the time of this writing (mid-July 2020) continues to sweep a good portion of the country, spiking and surging as it goes. MVA's leadership team felt that it wasn't safe for their members to travel and gather in large group gathering, and probably wouldn't be throughout the fall. The MVA members, many of who are in the high-risk group because of age and underlying health conditions, agreed with this assessment. To read MVA president's message on the decision to cancel the Norfolk 2020 reunion click here.
MVA's next reunion is now tentatively set for San Diego in 2021, probably in the fall (date TBD), again assuming the coronavirus doesn't have other plans for us. Hopefully, by the fall of next year, the pandemic will be over, a vaccine developed to help protect us, and life will return to its "new normal," whatever that may be. As most of you know, the USS Midway Museum in San Diego has reopened, but on limited access and with great caution.
Until we meet again in San Diego in 2021, we will keep you posted by newsletters and E-blasts to all-hands. We're all looking for good news.
Stay safe, sailors!
Much more information on MVA's 2021 reunion to follow on this website. Stayed tuned.
MVA face masks (a.k.a., face coverings) are now available to all Midway veterans for only $9 apiece (no charge for shipping). Click on color of mask you want to view (navy blue, red, and black and mask image will come up. Then click on Back in your browser to view next color. To order, make payment by personal check and mail to MVA Treasurer Dave Payson, 410 Cottonwood Drive, Richland, WA 99352. Please include a note with the color(s) and number of masks you want in the envelope with your check. Your mask(s) will be in the mail back to you once we receive your check. Stay healthy and wear your MVA mask(s) proudly!
If you have questions on MVA reunions, contact reunion chairman Jim Hayter at phone no. 703-264-0542 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are You a Midway Veteran? If so, click here to download the membership application to join the USS Midway Veterans Association. Pay your dues online by credit card as described above or complete the application form by hand and mail it, along with your check (payable to the MVA), to the address on the form. The membership fees (dues) we collect help offset the costs of writing, producing and mailing our quarterly newsletter and the many other costs associated with hosting our reunions. You don't have to be a member of the MVA to attend our reunions, just a Midway Veteran. Our three membership categories are described on the application form. We welcome all Midway veterans, regardless of their other Midway affiliations. Note: the USS Midway Veterans Association is a 501(c)(19) not-for-profit organization; our membership fees are tax-deductible as provided by law. We proudly donate 20 percent of our annual membership fees to the USS Midway Museum’s Education Scholarship Fund and Midway Preservation Endowment.