New Haven Coast Guard participates in Veterans Awareness Day event

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK – Members from Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and Coast Guard Station New Haven participated in the 13th Annual Veterans Awareness Day event held at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., Friday.

The annual event, sponsored by the Hamden Veterans Commission and the Town of Hamden, commemorates the sacrifices of American citizens in military service to our nation and enhance student understanding of the significance of Memorial Day.  American veterans, service organizations, active duty military, and other organizations supporting this theme participated in this event with the purpose of meeting and speaking with the students about their experiences. Also in attendance as the keynote speaker was Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

The contingent of Coast Guard members in attendance, including two retired Coast Guardsmen, had the opportunity to speak with more than 400 middle and high school students about the Coast Guard’s missions and their service to the United States.

“It was a true honor to share our service with these enthusiastic middle and high school aged students,” said Lt. Jeff Janaro of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “The students were not the only ones who benefited from the experience, though, as it was incredibly interesting to meet and talk with the many veterans present for the event.”

Retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Keith Basilici, far right, and Senior Chief Petty Officer Curtis Taft, discuss the Coast Guard's missions with interested students at the Hamden Veterans Awareness day event held at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., May 24, 2013. Members from Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and Station New Haven participated in the 13th Annual Veterans Awareness Day event. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jeff Janaro.)

NEW YORK – Retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Keith Basilici, far right, and Senior Chief Petty Officer Curtis Taft, discuss the Coast Guard’s missions with interested students at the Hamden Veterans Awareness day event held at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., May 24, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jeff Janaro.

 

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