Preserving the Past
preserving the past includes:
Although just a speck in the Pacific Ocean, Midway looms large in the hearts and minds of many Americans. This tiny stage was the center of dramatic episodes in history. Midway has been a safe haven for shipwrecked sailors, a critical link in trans-Pacific communication and early air travel and the focus of a momentous Pacific war battle. Remnants of those and more recent periods in history are found at Midway, as are memorials in honor of those who fought and died during the Battle of Midway. One of the principal goals of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is to preserve and interpret these unique historic resources.
While Midway is best known for its pivotal role in World War II, its rich history dates back well over a century. This section provides an in-depth review of the historic milestones that help make this place so special.