The Coast Guard Foundation was proud to celebrate and observe Coast Guard Day at the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May on Sunday, August 3 during a sunset parade.
"We are truly honored to be a part of the sunset parade here in Cape May," said Anne Brengle, President of the Coast Guard Foundation. "Our mission as an organization is to provide support for all enlisted members and their families, and we are humbled by the recognition from those who are stationed and training here. As we celebrate the Coast Guard's birthday, we say 'thank you' to all those who serve and wear the uniform."
Way back on August 4, 1790 — 224 years ago today — Congress authorized the creation of the Revenue Cutter Service, the precursor to our modern U.S. Coast Guard. On this Coast Guard Day, help us honor and celebrate the brave people who wear the uniform by sharing what the Coast Guard means to you in the comments section of this story, or on our Facebook page.
Coast Guard Foundation President Anne B. Brengle (center) is recognized during a sunset parade at Training Center Cape May, NJ on Sunday, August 3.
While visiting the Training Center the Coast Guard Foundation presented the Coast Guard with a gift of $3,000 to purchase new dugout benches for the Center's two softball fields, as well as softball equipment such as balls, gloves and bats for the community softball teams. Earlier this year, the Coast Guard Foundation funded the purchase of four stand up paddleboards for Coast Guard members and their families to use.
Brad Sisley, Senior Vice President and Anne B. Brengle, President of the Coast Guard Foundation, present a gift to Captain G. Todd Prestidge (center), commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, on August 3, 2014.
According to the Coast Guard's public affairs office, Sunset Parades are military displays by the Coast Guard Recruit Precision Drill Team. More than 250 recruits marched in the parade and performed complex facing and drill movements, and dangerous rifle tossing routines. At sunset, as part of the ceremony, the National Ensign was struck from the parade field.