Cape May to Celebrate Selection as Coast Guard Community

Cape May to Celebrate Selection as Coast Guard Community

Cape May will hold a three-day Festival, May 8 to 10, to celebrate Cape May County's selection as a Coast Guard Community.  It is a well-deserved honor since Cape May has been the only Coast Guard recruit training center in the U.S. since 1982. That is a fact little known by almost anyone outside of Cape May County, New Jersey. There is only one other city in America designated as a Coast Guard Community — Alameda, California.  

Originally established as a "section base" by the Navy in 1917, the Coast Guard occupied the base in 1924 and established air facilities for planes used in support of U.S. Customs Services and, during the Prohibition era, several cutters were assigned to Cape May to foil rumrunners operating off the coast of New Jersey. A larger airstrip was constructed during World War II and the Navy returned to train aircraft carrier pilots. The Coast Guard also increased its Cape May forces for coastal patrol, anti-submarine warfare, air/sea rescue and buoy service. The Navy turned the base over to the Coast Guard in 1946.

On Friday, May 8 at 5:30 pm, the Commandant of the base will proclaim Cape May County as a "Coast Guard Community," which will include a military parade and flyover. The following day, from 9 am to 5 pm, visitors will be invited to tour Coast Guard ships, tour the base via trolley or the harbor by boat, enjoy food, beer and music. In addition to displays and exhibits, there will be a search and rescue demonstration. At 8 pm where will be a movie on the beach in Cape May, a concert and open house at the Convention Hall in Cape May.

On Sunday, May 10, from 9 am to 3 pm,  there will be a kegs 'n eggs breakfast, honoring moms and Coast Guard families, floral and interactive exhibits, music and kid's activities at the Ferry Terminal in Lower Township.

Everyone is invited to attend this happy occasion.