Coast Guard keeps packed calendar for Memorial Day Weekend

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May NewsCAPE MAY, N.J. – Coast Guard crews from Training Center Cape May will be busy Memorial Day weekend helping surrounding communities remember the sacrifices of veterans everywhere.

More than 400 Coast Guardsmen and recruits will participate in 14 separate Memorial Day celebrations or ceremonies beginning Friday and ending Monday including the “Celebration of Heroes” in Wildwood, N.J., and “Cape May City Convention Hall Grand Opening Ceremony.” The Coast Guard’s support ranges from color guards to the Coast Guard Recruit Band, which is compromised of recruits attending the eight-week basic training program here.

Training Center Cape May personnel will kick off Memorial Day weekend with a graduation open to the public at the Wildwoods Convention Center Friday at 11 a.m. Members of the community are invited to this free, no-cost military ceremony where the recruits of Company Oscar 186 will receive the title “Coast Guardsman” and become the military’s newest members.

More than 200 recruits and staff from Cape May will also lead the lowering of the National Ensign at The Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood Friday at approximately 8:15 p.m. The ceremony will include a gun salute, a bugler, and a color guard. The event will culminate in a flyover by a Coast Guard aircraft from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

Approximately 70 Coast Guard recruits will also help administer “Family Fun Day” in Wildwood, which are games and activities for military families, Saturday at 8 a.m. The Coast Guard will end its support of Wildwood festivities with the “Memorial Day Parade” Sunday at 1 p.m. More than 100 Coast Guardsmen and recruits will march in the parade including the Coast Guard Recruit Band and a color guard, which will end with an “Armed Forces Salute” at Fox Park. Air Station Atlantic City will mark the end of the event with a flyover of ceremony attendees.

Training center staff will kick off Memorial Day Monday with a ceremony for military veterans, recruits and Coast Guardsmen aboard the base at 7:45 a.m. Following the Memorial Day kickoff, Coast Guard crews will head to three different Veterans’ of Foreign War posts for remembrance ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. Crews will then head to the Corinthian Yacht Club for a short Memorial Day service at 10 a.m.

Coast Guardsmen and recruits will participate in the City of Cape May’s “Convention Hall Grand Opening Ceremony,” which will be dedicated to veterans Monday at 11 a.m. This event will include the Coast Guard Recruit Band, a bugler, a full firing party and a color guard. Air Station Atlantic City and the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be providing a “flower boat launch,” which is a display of both aerial and surface assets.

Coast Guard crews will conclude their Memorial Day activities at the Cape May County Veteran’s Cemetery where a color guard and firing party will pay tribute to fallen service members Monday at 2 p.m.

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