The Coast Guard Foundation's 9th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Our Nation's Capital was held on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland, where we honored the service of all Coast Guard personnel serving the country.
The evening featured a keynote address from Admiral Robert J. Papp, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard in which he lauded the committment and dedication of the men and women of the Coast Guard, as well as how the Coast Guard Foundation has helped improve their lives over the years.
Adm. Papp spoke of the exceptional quality of character of the people who serve in the Coast Guard. He cited the history of valor and sacrifice that runs deep in the service from Congressional Medal of Honor and World War II, Douglas Munro, who gave his life saving a group of Marines during the campaign of Guadalcanal to the death last year of Senior Cheif Terrell Horne, who was killed in the line of duty in a maritime law enforcement operation. Adm. Papp thanked the Chief Petty Officers Association, the Coast Guard Foundation and Telephonics for raising funds to restore the World War Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.
The newly-restored Coast Guard World War Memorial on its 85th anniversary at Arlington National Cemetery May 23, 2013, in Arlington, Va. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.
"These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things," Adm. Papp said. The commandant highlighted plans for a National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Conn. as a place where the bravery and patriotic actions of the people of the service deserved to showcased.
Over the past 40 years, the Coast Guard Foundation has been there to help the men and women of the Coast Guard, for which Adm. Papp expressed his gratitude.
"Constantly, the Coast Guard Foundation comes through for us time and time again," Adm. Papp noted.
Famed comedian and musician, Mark Russell added his unique blend of music and comedy to the evening. The annual event paid tribute to the men and women of the service, and raised vital funds and awareness for the programs and projects of the Coast Guard Foundation.
"We are honored to support the men and the women of the United States Coast Guard, and we were delighted to have Mark Russell bring some humor and good cheer to the occasion," said Robert J. Flynn, Chairman of the Coast Guard Foundation board of directors.
For more than 50 years, Mark Russell's brand of comedy has entertained people all over the country, with his unique perspective on the political process. Russell spent 30 years on public television as host of Mark Russell Comedy Specials. During those same years he wrote a syndicated column, and traveled across the United States performing at colleges, conventions and in theaters.