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Armed Forces Day on The Midway

Armed Forces Day on the USS Midway,
May 16, 2015

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Offered by Colonial Crafts.

Photograph of the Midway in San Diego President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

And what better way to celebrate our armed forces than to encounter the awesome size and power of the USS Midway and experience what it must have been like to serve on a ship that was once the largest in the world.

Aerial Photograph of the Midway in San Diego The USS Midway was commissioned September 10, 1945 just a week after the end of WWII. The Midway served in our nation's defense including major roles in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. Decommissioned on April 12, 1992 the Midway was stored inactive in Bremerton, Washington. The Midway was towed to San Diego in 2003, refurbished and opened to the public as a museum on June 7, 2004.

Our exclusive all-day tour includes travel from Los Angeles and Orange County Amtrak stations to San Diego and back aboard vintage private railcar Colonial Crafts, and a special rarely given behind-the scenes tour of the Midway conducted by Scott McGaugh. Mr. McGaugh, Midway Museum Marketing Director, historian and writer of three books on the USS Midway will be personally conducting our exclusive tour. We will be exploring fascinating sections of the Midway rarely seen by the visiting public.


Our private railcar, Colonial Crafts is on the rear of Amtrak’s Surfliner Train 572 leaving Los Angeles at 11:15 AM and arriving in San Diego at 2:03 PM picking up guests at all Amtrak Surfliner stations. Onboard Colonial Crafts, we are greeted by the Steward and staff, who will assist in boarding. Once aboard the train we settle into our comfortable seats or our bartender will be happy to make you the drink of your choice followed by luncheon hors d’oeuvres as our train glides out of the depot and begins its journey to San Diego. From the San Diego train station, it is a short two block walk to the Midway. While on the Midway, we will be free to roam the public areas after our behind the scenes tours. We will have plenty of time to tour the displays and contemplate life aboard this huge ship. We will reboard Colonial Crafts for a 6:45 PM departure for Los Angeles and home. All too soon, following dessert and a savored cup of coffee, it’s time to gather our carry-ons and get ready to detrain.


USS Midway Coat of ArmsThis behind-the-scenes tour involves a lot of walking, and ascent and descent of flights of stairs and ladders. Guests who require a wheelchair will find some areas on this tour are not accessible. However, the public areas of the Midway are accessible.

May days in San Diego are usually warm and clear, with cool to chilly evenings. It’s wise to bring a sweater or light jacket.

The tour package includes hors d'oeuvres and bar service aboard Colonial Crafts. Lunch and dinner hors d'oeuvres will be served by our staff at your seat and the available tables.

Aboard Colonial Crafts you’ll be pampered by our professional staff who will provide a selection of hors oeuvres and dessert items served at seats and available tables. All hors d’oeuvres are prepared by our chef for you fresh in our kitchen, as well as our complimentary bar that features premium labels of beer, wine and spirits.

We will feature one departure this year on Armed Forces Day, May 16, 2015.

Priced at $259/person. 10% earlybird discount for bookings received before 3/1/15.

Please contact Colonial Crafts toll free at (877) 224-1150 or at for a color brochure, additional information, reservations and booking for our May 16 Armed Forces Day Tour.

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