Coast Guard helps America remember ‘service and sacrifice’

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May NewsCAPE MAY, N.J. – Coast Guard recruits and Coast Guardsmen will participate in several Veterans’ Day events to honor America’s past and present service members Sunday.

More than 80 Coast Guard Training Center Cape May staff and recruits will be marching in the New York City Veterans’ Day Parade for the first time in the unit’s recent history. The Coast Guard will be the featured armed service in this year’s parade, and numerous Coast Guard units from the region will be participating in the parade.

“It’s fitting that even while Coast Guardsmen are still responding in the wake of Hurricane Sandy that our service will be featured at the New York City Veterans Day Parade,” said Capt. Bill Kelly, the commanding officer of Training Center Cape May. “The American people should rest easy knowing that Coast Guardsmen are standing the watch at home and abroad.”

Coast Guardsmen will also participate in two Veterans’ Day events in South Jersey. A Coast Guard firing party and color guard will participate in a ceremony hosted by the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Cape May Sunday at 11 a.m. A Coast Guard firing party and color guard will also participate in a ceremony hosted by the Cape May County Veteran’s Bureau at the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery Sunday at 2 p.m.

“As military service members, it’s our duty and privilege to honor veterans from all the armed services this Veteran’s Day,” said Kelly. “We will help the American people remember the service and sacrifice of all veterans on this special day.”

The Coast Guard is the Nation’s longest continuous maritime armed service and traces its roots to 1790. Coast Guardsmen have served in every single major conflict since their service’s inception, and Coast Guardsmen are currently serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and anywhere else the Nation may need them. Aside from being a military service, the Coast Guard balances numerous humanitarian, law enforcement and environmental protection missions as well. It is the only organization in the federal government that is both an armed force and a law enforcement agency.

The New York City Veterans’ Day Parade will be broadcast live on numerous TV stations across the country. Please visit for details.

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