Traverse City becomes the newest “Coast Guard City.”

>Traverse City, Mich., is known as the home of the National Cherry Festival, an event that celebrates cherries, tourism and community involvement as a city known as the “Cherry Capital of the world.” This year’s Cherry Festival, held July 3-10, coincided with another major milestone for Traverse City – a ceremony officially designating it as a “Coast Guard City.”

The “Coast Guard City” program was enacted by Congress in 1998 to recognize communities that make special efforts to acknowledge the professional work and contributions of Coast Guard men and women assigned to its area. Coast Guard cities regularly reach out to Coast Guard personnel and their families and make them feel “at home at their home away from home.”

Traverse City has one of the largest Coast Guard populations in the Midwest, with more than 500 active duty, dependents and auxiliarists calling it their home. Members from the local community have shown their support to servicemembers in many ways, including the Traverse City Area Public School System (TCAPS) holding a dedicated roundtable for Coast Guard families at Air Station Traverse City to address their education programs at every level.

The dedication ceremony this year featured remarks by Cmdr. Jonathan Spaner, commanding officer, Air Station Traverse City and Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander, Ninth Coast Guard District. Both Parks and Spaner were honored guests at the Cherry Festival Parade, along with crewmembers from the air station.

Congratulation to the citizens of Traverse City, and thank you for the support that you show to the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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