Update: The First National Museum Honoring The U.S. Coast Guard!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Great news concerning the first national museum honoring the U.S. Coast Guard! On December 18th, 2015 the Senate passed federal legislation that will provide a financial lift to the long-awaited project planned  for waterfront in New London, CT (a 2004 act of Congress designated New London, CT the home of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, as the location for a museum).

The passing of H.R. 1987: Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, has language expanding the amount of support the Coast Guard can provide to develop and install museum exhibits and displays of the service’s artifacts. The bill already cleared the House of Representatives and now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature. Organizers have discussed possibly opening the museum as early as the summer of 2020. It would be the only national museum dedicated to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. The National Coast Guard Museum will honor the heroism of the men and women who answered the call to always be ready, as in the Coast Guard motto: Semper Paratus.

The National Coast Guard Museum is a long overdue idea. The Coast Guard is the only branch of the armed services that does not have a national museum to celebrate its role in the life of our nation and to honor the men and women who serve. Since its inception in 1790, the Coast Guard has established a proud and illustrious history which deserves recognition from the public.

The Coast Guard, under the aegis of The Department of Homeland Security, has three major roles: Maritime Safety, Maritime Security, and Maritime Stewardship. These vital responsibilities are carried out by 42,000 highly trained men and women who perform these missions with integrity, dedication and honor to duty and country. The public is generally unaware of the scale and scope of the Coast Guard’s operations. The Museum will send a clear message both through its exhibits and its iconic image: Respect the past, engage the present and look to the future.

Permanent and revolving multi-media exhibits will tell compelling stories of its past, present and future as they evoke the Coast Guard’s critical role and mission in maritime security, safety, protection of natural resources, and national defense. As a dynamic institution charged with these roles, the Museum will engage the public, veterans and present Coast Guardsmen in the dreams and goals for the future. Interactive and innovative exhibits and displays will include realistic virtual environments in which the museum visitor participates in the action. The participatory nature of the activities and exhibits will encourage families and individuals to make multiple visits. The very nature of the Coast Guard’s missions lend themselves to spectacular exhibits in a dynamic architectural space: simulation of helicopter rescues in force 10 storms saving lives at sea; rescue boats tossing and swaying in tumultuous seas; a ship’s bridge on the “prow” of the building simulating a Captain’s role; the building and the sheer red atrium wall evoke the tall hull of a ship thrusting out to the water.

The adventure and the excitement of the museum experience will be both enlightening and inspirational to the public. The Museum will be a celebration of over two hundred years of service to the country, a salute to the courage and skill of the men and women of the Coast Guard, and a glimpse into an exciting and vital future.

To learn more about the National Coast Guard Museum Association, please visit their webpage: http://www.coastguardmuseum.org

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  1. Jack M D Owen says:

    About bl**dy time!
    Well deserved.

  2. Patrick Alarcon says:

    As a retired science teacher, also with a degree in History, I am very excited about the museum’s contribution to our nation’s history. As an active member of the USCG Auxiliary D1SR-07-02, I hope to be in the service of the museum if the opportunity arises. As during my teaching career, I can think of no better way to serve my country than to help others realize the significant contributions of the USCG in the performance of its duties for over 225 years. Semper Paratus.

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