Major League Auxiliary Lineup for Mets Spirit Award

Monday, September 29, 2014

Commodore Vincent Pica II presents the Mets with a challenge coin during the Spirit Awards Ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Public Affairs Specialist 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi.

Commodore Vincent Pica II presents the Mets with a challenge coin during the Spirit Awards Ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Public Affairs Specialist 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi.

New York – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary received the New York Mets’ Spirit Award for Community Service  at Citi Field with over 600 members, family, and friends of Team Coast Guard in attendance on September 26, 2014.

Article by Auxiliarist James Chin, National Branch Chief of New Media

In honor of the Auxiliary’s 75 years of service, the Mets Spirit Award saluted the Auxiliary’s excellence in spirit of community service. Commodore Vincent Pica II, Commodore (elect) Alex Malewski, Commodore Harold Marschal, and Commander Laura Moose, First Southern Region Director of Auxiliary, accepted the Spirit Award for the Auxiliary from the Mets. According to First Southern District Public Affairs Officer Louis DiGiusto, the Mets Game was one of the “largest gatherings of Team Coast Guard in the history of the First Southern Region.”

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Band's pregame concert is displayed on CitiField's main screen. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Public Affairs Specialist 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Band’s pregame concert is displayed on Citi Field’s main screen. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Public Affairs Specialist 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Band provided a major league Auxiliary presence in the pregame ceremony at Citi Field. Introduced as the “Commodore’s Own,” the band led by Keith Schmidt played a pregame concert in front of Citi Field which was displayed inside on the Mets’ biggest stadium screen. In addition, a communications trailer was open for public display.

After the outside concert, the band was invited to play the Star Spangled Banner in Center field with a joint Active Duty and Auxiliary Color Guard in front of them. Band Flotilla Commander Sasso stated, “It was a proud moment as the band lined up at the left field gate preparing to march in with the stadium aglow. Looking up, we could see a recording of our plaza performance playing on the jumbotron inside the stadium from minutes before. We never had such exposure for the Auxiliary.”

A joint Auxiliary and Active Duty color guard presented the colors as the Auxiliary band played the Star Spangled Banner. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Public Affairs Specialist 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi.

A joint Auxiliary and Active Duty color guard presented the colors as the Auxiliary band played the Star Spangled Banner. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Public Affairs Specialist 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi.

Team Coast Guard members in the stands saluted with pride as the National Anthem was played. Auxiliarists had traveled from throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to attend the special celebration and fellowship event. And most will agree with Commodore Pica when he stated that the Mets spirit award night was “without a doubt the largest gathering of our District’s Auxiliary family in anyone’s memory and certainly the most fun!”

 

Team Coast Guard in the stands. USCG Auxiliary Photo.

Team Coast Guard in the stands. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Denise Meshejian.

 

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Comments


  1. Bob Williams says:

    I hope someday we will do the Same at Chase Field in Arizona. My goal is to be in The Rose Bowl Parade, (014-22-07) has been in the St. Patrick’s day parade several times. Because of The First Coast Guard Auxiliary Band it is easier for us on the West Coast to get things started. My goal is 1 year from now. California is 2 years from now. We expect to standardize and learn from 22-07 so we can help each other. This is the BEST THING to happen to the Auxiliary. A Tribute to the Coast Guard, The Veterans and all the services plus pride to serve, even showing the Coast Guard in a State where there is no ocean. Yet another Bravo Zulu for 22-07, I am proud to have been part of it.

  2. Hope Wright says:

    Fabulous work, James! I cannot imagine what it must have looked like to have 600 Auxiliarists together in the same location…especially such high visibility as Citifield! CONGRATULATIONS!! Also to John Sasso for having the USCG Auxiliary Band perform in front of an entire stadium filled with fans! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!! So sorry I missed it but I live too far to commute home, via public transportation, at night (about 3 hours) but I was so happy to see the marvelous photographs of the event! BZ to all!


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