The US Navy Memorial is honoring the Year of the Coast Guard, recognizing the guardians of America’s shores and waterways. Although the smallest of the five military branches, the Coast Guard has a long and diverse history that has bought together five organizations and thousands of service members to create the institution we know today. To learn more, check out this piece written by the U.S. Navy Memorial.
Written by Mark Weber and Carrie Schlup, U.S. Navy Memorial
For more than 25 years, the U.S. Navy Memorial has honored the men and women of our nation’s sea services: the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Merchant Marine, and of course the Coast Guard. In April 2014, we were proud to unveil our latest exhibit, the Year of the Coast Guard, a tribute to the service’s rich history and diverse modern missions. We are always glad to welcome the Coast Guard to the Memorial and this year has proven to be a wonderful experience getting to meet and interact with so many of you that make the entire service so remarkable.
From the beginning, the Coast Guard has provided wonderful support for all our endeavors. For our grand opening in April, over 100 units sent in water from their stations to use as part of our Blessing of the Fleets ceremony. Capt. Dennis Young, Atlantic Area Chaplain, offered a blessing as water from the Seven Seas was poured into our fountains, charging them to life and ceremonially welcoming the fleet back home to Washington in time for the summer season. Hundreds of your fellow Coast Guardsmen have enrolled themselves in the Navy Log, a free online collection of service records spanning the length and breadth of our country’s history, from the Revenue Cutter Service to the modern Coast Guard; others have told their stories of service to our Oral History Program teams. There are lectures, book signings, symposia, and more planned throughout the year, in addition to the wonderful you helped create with us.
On behalf of our President and chief exective officer, retired Vice Adm. John Totushek, I would like to invite each of you to visit us during the Year of the Coast Guard and help us celebrate your many contributions to our nation’s history. The Navy Memorial is open 7 days a week from 0930 to 1700 and admission is always free, so bring your family, your friends, and your shipmates to explore the museum at 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW in the heart of Washington D.C. We look forward to seeing you soon!
You can learn more about the latest information on the Year of the Coast Guard by visiting the Navy Memorial webage.