Coast Guard announces newest Coast Guard City in Oregon

FLORENCE, Ore. – The Coast Guard will be designating the City of Florence as an official Coast Guard City at a ceremony scheduled to be held Aug. 16, 2017.

The city will be accepted as the 24th official Coast Guard City and the third one in Oregon joining Astoria and Newport.

The designation of the City of Florence coincides with the 100 year anniversary of Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River which was established in the community, Dec. 14, 1917. On December 14th, 1917, Capt. Theodore Roberge from the Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment was appointed as the “Keeper” of Station Siuslaw River. By March 1918 the station had a full crew which consisted of 5 men from Florence and 3 men from other local towns.

“Over the past 100 years, the community has rallied around and accepted the men and women of the Coast Guard as their own,” said Rear Adm. David Throop, commander, Coast Guard 13th District. “The support of communities like Florence is essential in helping our crews and families to be ready at all times. We are happy to be able to highlight these local efforts by designating Florence a Coast Guard City.”

Coast Guard City designations are part of an official program to recognize the special efforts of local communities and what they do for the men and women of the service.

The ceremony which will be presided over by Throop, will be held at the Florence Events Center at 10:30 a.m. The event and reception are open to the public.

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