Written by Lt. Cmdr. Pride Sanders.
As part of its continuing celebration of the Year of the Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy Memorial is once again offering the fleet an opportunity to show our Coast Guard pride. A special Year of the Coast Guard flag is making the rounds across the country to be flown, photographed and passed to every unit we can reach. So far, with the support of a number of district command master chief’s, the Year of the Coast Guard flag has traveled to San Juan, San Francisco, Petaluma, on the cutters Aspen, Scioto and Sockeye, and is currently making its way around the nation’s Heartland.
Earlier this year, the Year of the Coast Guard exhibit opened in Washington, D.C. Prior to this event, more than 100 stations, cutters, and installations from Guam, Bahrain, Alaska, Puerto Rico and everywhere in between sent in water in a literal and metaphorical outpouring of support for the Year of the Coast Guard. The support and enthusiasm shown during the water drive inspired this Year of the Coast Guard “Flag around the Service” project.
You can visit the Year of the Coast Guard Facebook page to see everywhere the flag has been, and keep an eye open for it at your location soon!
Interested in learning more about the Year of the Coast Guard? You can visit the U.S. Navy Memorial website to stay up to date with their latest programming and events. If you’re in the Washington D.C. area, you can visit the free exhibit on display at 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, running now through February 2015.