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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

May 28th, 2018 10:00am

Join us May 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Courtyard for our annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Come and honor those who have given their lives to protect this country and our freedoms. This event is free to the public and tickets are not required. This patriotic ceremony includes musical performances, the presentation of memorial wreaths, and a three-gun salute from the Nimitz Living History Detachment.



This year's keynote speaker is Captain William J. Toti, USN (Ret). A 1979 graduate of the US Naval Academy, Captain Toti culminated his 26-year Navy career as commanding officer of the nuclear fast attack submarine USS Indianapolis (SSN 697), as commodore of Sub-marine Squadron 3 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and as commanding officer of Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Ashore, Toti served three tours in the Pentagon, including on the staff of General Colin Powell, and on the Chief of Naval Operations staff. His experiences in the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack were covered in the 2006 book “Operation Homecoming” published by Random House, as well as the 2016 PBS documentary, “9/11: Inside the Pentagon.” In 2002 he was named founding deputy director of the CNO War Plans Cell, Deep Blue. He currently serves as president of Maritime Sensor Systems, L3 Technologies. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit (seven awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy Unit Commendation (two awards), and the Battle Efficiency “E” (five awards).


Having served three tours of duty on the submarine USS Indianapolis including as its commanding officer, Toti has been associated with the survivors of the World War II cruiser of the same name for nearly three decades.  The story of the cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35) was famously recounted by actor Robert Shaw in the motion picture “Jaws,” including the delivery of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to Tinian, the harrowing true story of being torpedoed, with survivors spending nearly five days in the water prior to rescue. Following the rescue, the cruiser’s commanding officer, Captain Charles B. McVay III, was court-martialed, the only wartime commanding officer who was ever court-martialed for having his ship sunk.  McVay later committed suicide. Toti was instrumental in the series of events that led to the exoneration of Captain Charles B. McVay, III, and will also speak at a special afternoon event on the USS Indianapolis.

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