Each year the Coast Guard Festival recognizes a point of Coast Guard history and a more local or regional point to add to the streets of Coast Guard City, USA, in the "Walk of Coast Guard History." This year, two more points were added to recognize the efforts of the Coast Guardâs forerunner, The Revenue Cutter Service, during the War of 1812, and the acknowledgement of the Coast Guard's Training Camp during World War II in Grand Haven. The Points of History are chosen by the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival and submitted for approval to the City of Grand Haven. Once approved, the plaques are prepared in brass, and a 15" Coast Guard seal is added over the engraved point. This year's ceremony was held at the Grand Haven City Hall. Seen here on August 2, Executive Director of the Coast Guard Festival Committee Mike Smith discusses the history behind what it means for Grand Haven to be The Coast Guard City, USA. Amongst the honored dignitaries are Admiral Robert Papp, Commandant, and Rear Admiral Fred M. Midgette, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District.
Photo courtesy US Coast Guard.