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Coast Guard Sunset Service at Cape May Training Center August 4

CAPE MAY, N.J. -- Petty Officer 1st Class Leonel Abascal marches a company of recruits during a Sunset Parade held at Training Center Cape May on June 30, 2019.

CAPE MAY, N.J. –( U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May is scheduled to host a Sunset Parade at the Training Center, Aug. 4 at 7:50 p.m., in honor of the Jersey Cape Military Spouses Club and local community organizations and to recognize the Coast Guard’s 229th birthday.

The event is free and open to the public.

The gates of the Training Center will open at 6 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to use this time for security screening, parking and seating. Guests should plan on being seated by 7:30 p.m. Sunset Parades are exciting and fun for the entire family; however, children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the ceremony.

Visitors should expect increased security screening for the event, and guests are not permitted to bring bags of any kind (with the exception of diaper bags or medical bags) to the seating area including purses, camera bags, and backpacks. Photography is permitted and encouraged, but cameras must be removed from their bag prior to arriving at the seating area. Guests are encouraged to leave bags in their vehicles during the Parade. Also, visitors attending the event must have a valid, state-issued or government issued identification card in order to access the base.

“The Coast Guard has been a part of the fabric of America for 229 years, and part of that tapestry is woven right here at Training Center Cape May,” said Capt. Kathy Felger, commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. “This sunset parade in recognition of the Coast Guard’s birthday is a great way for us to open the gate, invite in members of the community and share our traditions, bringing the service and the community together in a meaningful way that honors our history and ties to the community.”

The Coast Guard has been active in Cape May County for more than 150 years. From 12 life-saving stations that graced the barrier islands beginning in 1849; to cutters operating out of Sewell’s Point that foiled rumrunners off the Jersey Coast during Prohibition; to the Mounted Beach Patrol guarding the shores on horseback during WWII – the Coast Guard’s history is inseparable from Cape May County.

Sunset Parades are military displays of marching troops and the Coast Guard Recruit Ceremonial Drill Team. More than 350 recruits will march in the parade and strike the National Ensign from the parade field at sunset.

The Coast Guard Recruit Ceremonial Drill Team will perform complex facing and drill movements, and dangerous rifle tossing routines. The group performs their complicated and precarious routines without verbal commands or cues.

In the event of inclement weather, visitors may call Training Center Cape May’s base information line at (609) 898-6700 the afternoon of the event for cancellation information. Guests are allowed to park both on and off base. Security will direct guests where to go.