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CPOA Chapters Encouraged to ‘Adopt a National Cemetery’ This Veteran’s Day

May 13, 2013 in Celebrations, DC CPOA News, Flag Day, Flags Across America, Memorial by Jon Ostrowski

By:  YNCS Michael Jarbeck

 In 1996, The Reservist magazine published a two-part series entitled Coast Guard Monuments Across the USA.  The series prompted a visit by a group Coast Guardsmen to Arlington National Cemetery (ANC).  During the visit they noticed that many of the fallen servicemen had the appropriate service flag placed next to their headstone during the period leading up to Veteran’s Day. They also noticed that the Coast Guard standard was absent from gravesites of CG members. So commencing with Veteran’s Day 1998, U. S. Coast Guard flags have been placed on Coast Guard graves prior to Veterans Day leading to the birth if Flags Across America (FAA).

   Over the past 15 years the FAA has proudly and reverently, displayed the Coast Guard Standard and National Ensign on over 400 ANC graves sites for our fallen shipmates who lived and died by the Coast Guard core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. This year’s Flags Across America event at ANC will take place on November 2, 2013.

   I ask all Chief Petty Officers Association Chapters consider adopting a National Cemetery in your area of responsibility and place the Coast Guard Standard and National Ensign on Coast Guard Veterans graves from November 2 until November 12, 2013 in observance of Veteran’s Day. A list of National Cemeteries can be found at the following website:  http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/listcem.asp. The CPOA Chapters will need to work with the National Cemeteries administrative offices (that they adopt) for guidance and approval.

   Flags Across America events are low-key family events open to all — veterans, those still serving, family and friends.  An informal program led by your chapter is recommended prior to placement of the flags. Some program ideas include: presentation of the Colors by a Coast Guard unit, a guest speaker, benediction, playing of TAPS, Semper Paratus on bag pipes and signing of the National Anthem.  In addition, consider offering local youth groups the opportunity to give a presentation on the history of the National Ensign and the National Anthem.  A group photo to capture your event and publicize it locally. Finally, some simple refreshments are a nice way to say thank you to those who come out to support our veterans.

   Flag Across America has some limited resources to assist CPOA Chapters in acquiring flags.  If your chapter does wish to participate, send YNCS Michael Jarbeck an e-mail (see below) with the National Cemetery that your chapter will be adopting and number of National Ensigns and CG Standards needed.  For example, if you contact a local National Cemetery and they indicate they have 200 Coast Guard Veterans buried in the cemetery, you would need 200 National Ensigns and Coast Guard Standards.  The flags would be purchased and sent to your chapter.  Again FAA’s resources are limited. There is the possibility local CPOA Chapters may have to incur part of the cost.  Flags typically sell for $2.00 to $3.00 each.

If you would like a script from last year’s Flag Across America ANC event – contact FAA Chairperson YNCS Michael A. Jarbeck at 202 475-5220 or Michael.A.Jarbeck@uscg.mil.

Camaro Winner Takes Delivery!

December 3, 2012 in Memorial, Uncategorized by PACM Alholm

Mr. Ray Nevin takes delivery of the 2013 Chevy Camaro.

 

Mr. Ray Nevin takes delivery of the 2013 Chevy Camaro from Ms. Mimi Pollow at the Navy Memorial Foundation.

Memorial Restoration Begins!

September 30, 2012 in Memorial, Restoration by PACM Alholm

ARLINGTON, Va.—The Marble Doctor, LLC began the first phase of restoration work on the Coast Guard Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.  Senior Chief Jon Grimes and members of Headquarters Office of Civil Engineering COMDT (CG-437) inspected the contractors work on Sept. 21. “.  We are thankful for the Office of Civil Engineering's technical support on the project,” said Grimes.

The first phase of work will cost more than $20,000. The Washington D.C. Chapter of CPOA delivered a check for $18,000 to Jason Hampel owner of The Marble Doctor, LLC on Sept 25.  The remainder is due upon completion of phase 1 of work.

“I can't thank you all enough for the exceptional efforts that you have put forward in such a short period of time to get Phase I of the restoration project underway,” said Vince Patton, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (retired).

The Chapter still needs to raise an additional $57,000 to complete second phase of the restoration which is scheduled for spring 2013.

Foundation for Coast Guard History Pledges Support

September 7, 2012 in Memorial by PACM Alholm

BMCS Jon Ostrowski met with CDR Gary Thomas, USCG (Ret) who is the Executive Director of The Foundation for Coast Guard History. They discussed the restoration project in detail. Thomas pledged support for the project. http://fcgh.org/

BMCS Jon Ostrowski met with CDR Gary Thomas, USCG (Ret) who is the Executive Director of The Foundation for Coast Guard History. They discussed the restoration project in detail. Thomas pledged support for the project. http://fcgh.org/

VADM Manson Brown gets brief on memorial restoration

August 29, 2012 in Memorial by PACM Alholm

Senior Chief Jonathan Grimes, LCDR Nicholas Kalin and Master Chief Shane Hooker and Vice Admiral Manson Brown following a briefing to VADM Manson Brown and CMC Shane Hooker on the progress of the project to restore the Coast Guard Memorial.