We've been honoring and celebrating Coast Guard heroism and mission excellence since the early 1980s – for some of us, that seems like a long time ago, for others, it feels like yesterday.
Have you attended a Coast Guard Foundation dinner over the years? Do you remember the stories of the Coast Guard hero we honored? What stories meant the most to you?
For me, it is without question the year we honored heroes from Hurricane Katrina. I sat one table away from a rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah who brought his parents with him as his guests because quite honestly, he looked too young to be married.
The 13 Coast Guard heroes we honored in 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina.
His mother cried through the entire video – because really, it's one thing for your son to call you and say that he chopped through a roof in blazing heat to rescue people today, but it's an entirely different story when you see it on full display on a 20 foot video screen right in front of you.
There are other cases and people who have made a lasting impact on my personally and professionally, and we're looking forward to bringing their stories to you this year. So let us know what you remember and who you'd like to see again and we'll do our best to make that happen.
— Jennifer Fyke, Senior Director of Communications, Coast Guard Foundation