Coast Guard Training Center, Local Veterans Hold Memorial Day Observance

A bugler from the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May ceremonial detail plays Taps during a Memorial Day observance onboard the training center, Monday, May 25, 2015. The ceremonial detail will support several Memorial Day events throughout Cape May County by providing color guards, firing parties and buglers. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards)

A bugler from the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May ceremonial detail plays Taps during a Memorial Day observance onboard the training center, Monday, May 25, 2015.  (Coast Guard Photo by CWO John Edwards)

CAPE MAY, N.J.  – Coast Guard Training Center Cape May along with members of the Marine Corp League and Veterans of Foreign Wars took time to honor those who sacrificed their lives in service to their country in a Memorial Day observance ceremony onboard the training center, Monday.

“Memorial Day is about honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service of something greater than themselves,” said Capt. Todd Prestidge, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. “Their sacrifice in order to protect this great nation offers a humbling reminder to what America stands for and to what lengths the men and women of the armed services are willing to go to protect it.”

The Training Center Cape May ceremonial staff provided buglers, a color guard and firing parties at a number of community events in honor of Memorial Day. Senior officials from the training center also spoke at a number of the events.

Capt. Prestidge, a bugler and a color guard participated in an observance at the Corinthian Yacht Club at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m., Capt. Prestidge along with a bugler, color guard and firing party were at the Cape May Convention Center for a ceremony followed later that afternoon at the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery in Cape May Court House, N.J., where Prestidge was a keynote speaker. The ceremonial staff provided a bugler, color guard and firing party for this event.

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