Coast Guard Auxiliary helps launch National Safe Boating Week on Kauai

LIHUE, Kauai — U.S. Coast Guardsmen from Station Kauai joined Auxiliarists in launching National Safe Boating Week on the Garden Island at the Kauai Veterans Center Open House, Saturday, May 16, 2009.

Auxiliarists staged a safe boating exhibit at center’s military museum alongside a display of World War II military vehicles and Coast Guard Station Kauai’s 25-foot response boat.

The program opened with Kauai veterans raising the U.S. flag and Miss Kauai Veteran Dominique Pascua singing the National Anthem. This was followed by remarks from Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. and special recognition to the crew of Coast Guard Station Kauai and the Auxiliary.

Providing tours of the Response Boat were Petty Officer 2nd Class Jake Johnson, Petty Officer 3rd Class Darcy Crop and Petty Officer 3rd Class David Whetsell. Auxiliarists Annie Leighton and Larry Richardson joined Jim Jung to explain the safe boating exhibit.

Newly promoted Lt. Gordon Hood, commanding officer of the 87-foot patrol boat Kittiwake, and his family, joined the group in meeting Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho and County Councilman Tim Bynum.

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