In a ceremony on City Pier in New London, local, state and federal officials and leaders of the National Coast Guard Museum Association presided over the official land transfer and celebrated their commitment to bring the museum project to completion.
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on the pier after the land transfer signing. James Coleman, CGF director and Chairman of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, announced a $150,000 pledge to the project and thanked Admiral Papp for his commitment to the project, and that of the other members of the museum association board, many of whom have been with him since the beginning. “We’re ready to go…we’ve been ready to go and we’re going to get the job done now,” said Coleman.
“I want to thank Jimmy Coleman for his commitment and dedication to this project,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal. “You’ve seen this project through with your perseverance, and we thank you.”
In his remarks, Admiral Papp referenced his 2010 remarks at the Coast Guard Foundation’s Annual Salute to the Coast Guard, where he announced that as Commandant, he was committed to seeing the museum project through.
“I made a personal commitment to myself and to the service that we would get this museum project done…I can’t remember exactly all the people who were in the room, but I know Jimmy Coleman was there -- and we are eternally grateful for him for his leadership and contributions to the project. I know John Johnson, Dick Grahn, Cathy Cook and John Faigle were all there…I hope I left them with no doubt that I was committed. I told them that we had a sailor that could steer a steady course and have a firm hand on the helm and we could get this done,” said Admiral Papp.
Local and state media were in attendance to record and report on the event. Use the links below to see and read more about the groundbreaking and celebration.