Coast Guard to help community remember Patriots’ Day

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May News
CAPE MAY, N.J. – Local Coast Guardsmen will help surrounding communities in South Jersey remember the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, by supporting several Patriots’ Day celebrations Wednesday.

Coast Guardsmen from Training Center Cape May are scheduled to support three remembrance ceremonies by providing color guards, buglers or keynote speakers at the events. Each of these ceremonial services will serve as a key element to the many local remembrance ceremonies being held in the area.

“We often think back to the tragedy that unfolded 12 years ago and remember exactly where we were and what we were doing,” said Capt. Todd Prestidge, commanding officer of Training Center Cape May. “Our goal Patriots’ Day is to allow our community an opportunity to pause and reflect on the heavy price our Nation paid that day.”

The crew of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May will also participate in the City of Cape May’s Patriot Day Ceremony at the Cove located at the intersection of Second Street and Beach Avenue at 6 p.m. Prestidge will speak at the ceremony, and Coast Guard recruits and training center staff will provide a bugler and a formation of recruits. Cmdr. Christopher Fronk, a Coast Guard chaplain, will deliver the invocation for the ceremony.

Coast Guardsmen will be participating in the Cape May County Board of Freeholders 9/11 Memorial Ceremony in Cape May Court House, N.J., at 5 p.m. The training center will be providing a bugler and Cmdr. Owen Gibbons, executive officer of Training Center Cape May, will speak at the event.

Coast Guardsmen will also attend a Patriots Day ceremony at Sunset Beach in Lower Township, N.J., where Lt. Cmdr. Scott Rae, regimental officer of Training Center Cape May, will speak at 6 p.m. Coast Guardsmen and Coast Guard recruits will provide a formation of recruits and Lt. Jason Rochester, a Coast Guard chaplain, will deliver the invocation at Sunset Beach.

The crew aboard Training Center Cape May will also gather for a private remembrance ceremony with about 200 recruits, servicemembers, employees and veterans from various service groups e at 8 a.m. A recruit will lay a wreath at the foot of the Douglas Munro Statue during the ceremony in memory of those lost during the attacks on Sept. 11.

“Many of our recruits were children during the 9/11 tragedy, so we have to ensure they never forget what happened that day,” said Prestidge. “It’s imperative that they also educate future generations of Coast Guardsmen about the toll of the attacks and ensure we stand a taut watch to protect, defend, save and shield our Nation and its people no matter the threat.”

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