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Celebrating Thanksgiving with our Coast Guard Heroes

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by Jennifer Crowley Fyke
November 25, 2020

This year, maybe more than ever, we are grateful for Coast Guard members' dedication and commitment to service.

The pandemic has brought new challenges, and at every turn, the Coast Guard has adapted and pivoted to continue the high level of professionalism and devotion to duty we’ve come to expect from the world’s greatest Coast Guard.

While many of us are gathering with our families close to home this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, Coast Guard members will be standing the watch while remaining ready to respond to each and every call that comes in.

Thanks to the generosity of Navy Federal Credit Union, Coast Guard watchstanders will enjoy a locally prepared Thanksgiving dinner.

“We are grateful to our partners at Navy Federal for joining us to share Thanksgiving meals with our Coast Guard heroes,” said Susan Ludwig, Coast Guard Foundation President. “It’s an important gesture that shows Coast Guard members we appreciate their service to our Nation.”

In Florida, members at Air Station Clearwater, Station Port Canaveral, and Sector and Base Miami Beach will benefit from this act of kindness.

The Coast Guard Cutter WAESCHE, homeported in Alameda, California but currently in port in Japan after an onboard fire damaged the ship this summer, Coast Guard members will have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal together. Coast Guard Foundation Board Member Joe Phair and his wife Bonnie also provided morale and wellness support to the crew to help them cope with the extended deployment so far from home.

On behalf of the entire Coast Guard Foundation family, we wish Coast Guard members and families, and our generous Coast Guard Foundation community, a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.


Photo Credits: U.S. Coast Guard photos courtesy the Waesche Facebook page. Florida photos: U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sydney Phoenix, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson, Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray.

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