CAPE MAY – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 08-02 of Cape May will conduct its annual Memorial Day commemorative ceremony at noon on Monday, May 27 on the beach at Gurney Street.
The ceremony will begin in Convention Hall and will be attended by the Coast Guard Band and a ceremonial detail. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
At noon, the Auxiliary will tow a small flower boat with the American flag out into the sea. A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City will drop a commemorative wreath in the water adjacent to the flower boat to remember those who served and died in America’s wars.
The flower boat will be placed on the beach shortly before noon and will be attended by flotilla members, U.S. Coast Guard officers, city officials and color guard, rifle squad and bugler from Training Center Cape May.
The Coast Guard station will have one of its small search and rescue boats on static display on Beach Drive during then ceremony. The boat will be attended by Coast Guard crewmen who will answer questions and explain the purpose and function of the boat.
The station will also have a vessel at sea near the Auxiliary’s tow boat.
After the ceremony, the flotilla will host a luncheon for Coast Guard personnel, city officials and members.