Midway Gala








The Midway American Patriot Award (MAPA) uniquely honors individuals who represent the dedication, honor, achievement, and sacrifice in service to America that mirror the ex-USS Midway aircraft carrier’s 47-year record of accomplishment and its new mission as the nation’s flagship carrier museum.

  • 2007 - The first annual Midway American Patriot Award, honored the late, legendary performer Bob Hope
  • 2008 - The Award was presented to the living Medal of Honor recipients from World War II.
  • 2009 - The Astronauts of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions were honored for their contribution to the Space Program.
  • 2010 - The award was presented to Lee Iacocca for his patriotism and dedication to the preservation of the Statue of Liberty.
  • 2011 - In keeping with the 100th Centennial of Naval Aviation, two naval aviators, Senator John McCain and Vice Admiral James Stockdale were honored for their sacrifices to our nation.
  • 2012 - The award was presented to two distinguished Marine Corps veterans, former California Governor, Senator, and San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson; and Baseball Hall of Fame Sportscaster Jerry Coleman in honor of the Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation.
  • 2013 - Mr. Malin Burnham accepted the Award for his lifetime achievements in the local San Diego area.
  • 2014 - The Award was dedicated to the surviving heroes of the Battle of Midway of which our ship was named.  Honorees representing so many included: Jeff Blackman, Elton Frazier, Rudy Matz, Edward McKenna, Andy Mills, Charles Monroe M.D., and Ervin Wendt.
  • 2015 - The Award was accepted on behalf of the Greatest Generation, and all WWII Veterans, by Stuart Hedley and Lincoln Ward, who collectively served from the first day, to the last day of WWII – from Pearl Harbor to VJ Day.
  • 2016 – The Award was presented to Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole for their ‘Legacy of Service.’

Event proceeds benefit the Museum’s programs, including the No Child Left Ashore program for low-income San Diego County schools and has raised close to 2 million dollars in scholarships. Since it opened to the public on June 7, 2004, the Midway Museum has:

  • Welcomed over 4 million visitors and become the world’s most visited historic ship museum
  • Created quality science instruction labs for grades 4-8
  • Become a San Diego County visitor icon and community asset
  • Hosted more than 400 corporate events