Coast Guard to celebrate birthday with Sunset Parade

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May NewsCAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard will be hosting a special Sunset Parade in honor of the service’s 222nd birthday at Training Center Cape May Sunday at 7:37 p.m.

Sunset Parades are impressive military displays of marching troops, the Coast Guard Recruit Precision Drill Team, the Coast Guard Recruit Band and a low-level helicopter flyover. All of Sunday’s activities are free and open to the public in order to celebrate the rich history and service of the Coast Guard.

The gates of Training Center Cape May will open at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to use this time for security screening, parking and seating. Guests should plan on being seated by 7:30 p.m. Sunset Parades are exciting and fun for the entire family; however, children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the ceremony.

The Coast Guard Recruit Precision Drill Team is the U.S. military’s only recruit precision drill team, and their performances include spinning rifles, complex facing and drill movements, and dangerous rifle tossing routines. The group performs their complex routines without verbal commands or cues.

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May’s Recruit Band is the Coast Guard’s only recruit band and is primarily made up of recruits attending the Coast Guard’s intense basic training program. The Coast Guard Recruit Band, founded in 1955, only gets one-to-two nights each week to rehearse as a band, and the demanding training schedule means that practice for individuals is sporadic and limited to a few hours each week. The band also contends with high turnover as recruits graduate and leave the training center and band every week. However, performances by the Coast Guard Recruit Band are still in high demand, and the band makes regular appearances in parades and special events throughout the region.

The crew of Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., will conduct the helicopter flyover using the Coast Guard’s MH-65 dolphin helicopter. The air station, which was founded in 1988, conducts a variety search and rescue, law enforcement, port security, and marine environmental protection operations along coastlines and in the inland waterways of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

The Coast Guard was founded in 1790 and is the Nation’s longest continuous seagoing service. The U. S. Coast Guard is both a military force and federal law enforcement agency dedicated to safety, security, and stewardship missions. The Coast Guard is charged with saving lives protecting the environment, defending the homeland, and enforcing Federal laws on the high seas, the Nation’s coastal waters and its inland waterways. It is an organization that is unique in the Nation and the world.

In the event of inclement weather, visitors may call Training Center Cape May’s base information line at (609) 898-6700 for cancellation information.

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