Wreaths will be laid at the Pacific Arch of the Memorial in remembrance of the more than 3,500 Americans killed, wounded, or injured due to the Arctic conditions during the Battle of Attu.
On Friday, May 11th at 11:30 a.m., the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will host a brief ceremony and wreath presentation at the World War II Memorial’s Pacific Arch to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Attu, the only land battle of World War II fought on incorporated territory of the United States.
The Battle of Attu was fought between the forces of the United States, aided by Canadian reconnaissance and fighter-bomber support, and the Empire of Japan on Attu Island off the coast of the Territory of Alaska as part of the Aleutian Islands Campaign.
The Battle of Attu was the last action of the Aleutian campaign. The Japanese Northern Army secretly evacuated their remaining garrison from nearby Kiska, ending the Japanese occupation of the Aleutian Islands on July 28, 1943.
During the May 11th ceremony at the World War II Memorial, WWII veterans will present wreaths at the Pacific Arch of the Memorial in honor of all who served and in remembrance of the more than 3,500 Americans killed, wounded, or injured due to the Arctic conditions during the Battle of Attu.