A Veterans Day rescue and remembrance

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy honors Academy graduates who are considered service heroes. This year, the Academy inducted Lt. Mark Feldman into the Wall of Gallantry for saving the lives of two plane crash survivors near Detroit on Veterans Day in 1986.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft engages with veterans at the United States Veterans Initiative facility in Washington, D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

A Duty to People, A Duty to Veterans

On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918, the hostilities of World War I came to an end. What was once known as Armistice Day is now known as Veterans Day serving as a reminder of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who served across the world to protect our freedoms. On this day, we reflect upon the men and women whose service and sacrifice is the foundation for our American way of life – our freedoms, our values, our ideals.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft visits Commodore Bertholf's final resting place on Nov. 11, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Our Nation’s veterans

As we pay homage to those veterans have gone before us, we must also honor those veterans who have returned from duty and are ready to serve our Nation in new ways. They are leaders in our schools, our businesses and our communities.

Veterans Day: Self-proclaimed “Coast Guard brat” reflects on servicemembers of yesterday and today

I know my children grew up safe because of the sacrifices made by servicemembers. We lead these bright shiny lives of freedom, and sometimes we need to take a moment and thank those who make it possible.

Flags Across America

Honoring our veterans

Coast Guard men and women, their families, friends and former members placed the flags Saturday, during the Flags Across America event, an annual observance where volunteers come out to honor the fallen ahead of Veterans Day.

Coast Guard VeteranTristan Heaton continues service with the Department of Veteran's Affairs, acting as the head of their summer Adaptive Sports programs. Photo courtesy of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Day: Paying service forward

Members who serve in any of the five armed services earn a highly coveted title that can never be taken from them: Veteran. Coast Guard Veteran Tristan Heaton has utilized the skills and training gained in his service to help other veterans as part of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Adaptive Sports program.

Coast Guardsmen, from Coast Guard Sector New York, march in the Veterans Day Parade, also known as America's Parade, Nov. 11, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone.

Veterans Day reflections

When it comes down to it, honoring Veterans is all about remembrance. People need to understand that the worst thing in the world is to feel as though you have been forgotten by the people and country for which you’ve served. Something as simple as stopping to talk to a veteran in the park would mean the world to them.

Pride, courage, honor

So what is Veterans Day? It’s a day to stop and think about what these men and women have done for you and your family. What they have given up so you can have the freedoms you have. It’s a day to think about the lives that have been lost, so you can live yours.

Veterans Day: Honoring shipmates and their service

When the American public thinks about the military and disabled Veterans, the Coast Guard may not be the first service that comes to mind. Yet each day, Coast Guard men and women conduct operations that place them in harm’s way.


WWII diary of J.J. McAndrews: A journey to ‘hell’

“This diary is dedicated to my children and my grandchildren. I hope they read it as it highlights my adventures serving aboard USS LST 326 during World War II.” This is the first entry in the WWII diary of James “J.J.” McAndrews, a Coast Guardsman aboard LST 175, for his first trip across the Atlantic, and then aboard LST 326, for the invasions of Italy and France.

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