Traverse City, Michigan to be named Coast Guard City

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – A proclamation ceremony, to celebrate Traverse City’s official designation as a Coast Guard City, is scheduled to be held at Traverse City’s Open Space (Cherry Blast Stage) during the National Cherry Festival, at 4 p.m., July 9, 2010.

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, will preside over the ceremony.

Many cities have made extraordinary efforts to support U.S. Coast Guard families. Helping Coast Guard families feel at home in their “home away from home” is an invaluable contribution to morale, service excellence and mission execution. The Coast Guard City program recognizes those communities that show long-term exceptional support to the Coast Guard team.

“Traverse City does a remarkable job supporting Coast Guard families, and we are honored to host Adm. Parks for the ceremony, an official unit visit, and other public engagements,” said Cmdr. Jonathan Spaner, commanding officer of Air Station Traverse City. “Designation as a Coast Guard City officially memorializes over 60 years of community support to our air station team. We are very fortunate to call Traverse City our home.”

Parks will present the Coast Guard City Proclamation to Traverse City Mayor Chris Bzdok. Other distinguished guest speakers include Sen. Carl Levin, Congressman David Camp, Rep. Wayne Schmidt, Chairman Derek Bailey of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Mary Rogers from “Mary in the Morning,” Terri Ray from WKLT, Jack O’Malley from WTCM, and Tino Breithaupt, Traverse City Chamber of Commerce. There will also be special performances by musicians from the Northwestern Michigan College Community Concert Band, Traverse City Area Public Schools and Interlochen. Additionally, Sen. Levin is providing a special message for the ceremony.

To learn more about Coast Guard City designation, click HERE.

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