Deep Roots

Aug 02, 2017

To the Editor:

Valor and commitment are words that describe the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard. They are an embodiment of the service’s motto Semper Paratus and, day in and day out, Coasties are “always ready” to ensure the American people are safe.

From the time of its founding on Aug. 4, 1790, the Coast Guard has had deep roots here in South Jersey. Our region is home to the nation’s only recruit training facility in Cape May and the largest helicopter-only station on the grounds of the Atlantic City International Airport. Their presence is so woven into the history and future of our region that Cape May County was designated an official Coast Guard Community, only the second such designation for a county. Nationally, the men and women of the Coast Guard are often praised for their search and rescue efforts. Locally, they are our colleagues, our neighbors and our friends.

The Coast Guard’s myriad missions, innumerable contributions and sacrifices help keep South Jersey and our nation safe. On this Coast Guard Day, Aug. 4, we honor the men and women who serve and thank them for their devotion to this country.

Frank LoBiondo, congressman

2nd District


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