Great Lakes Coast Guardsmen celebrate Memorial Day

With contributions from Lt. j.g. Brian Dykens, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan.

CHICAGO - Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary march down State Street in Chicago during the city's annual Memorial Day parade May 26, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen.

As members of one of the five Armed Services, Coast Guardsmen take pride in participating in Memorial Day celebrations, honoring those who have served the United States as soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District (second from left), salutes during a Memorial Day ceremony honoring fallen U.S. servicemembers at Canadian Forces Base Halifax, May 28, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Joshua Mattulat.

Across the Great Lakes, members of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary took part in ceremonies honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our nation remains strong, safe and free. We owe these men and women a debt that can never be repaid.

In Chicago, one of the nation’s largest Memorial Day celebrations, Coast Guard active duty, reserve and auxiliary members marched down State Street in front of thousands of spectators.

In Halifax, Nova Scotia, Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District, attended a ceremony at a memorial honoring the hundreds of American prisoners of war that were interred after the War of 1812.

The city of Milwaukee, home of Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, honored the Coast Guard by selecting Capt. Matt Sibley, commander of Sector Lake Michigan, as grand marshal of this year’s parade.

MILWAUKEE - Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Milwaukee display a 25-foot Response Boat-Small during Milwaukee's Memorial Day Parade, May 28, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Brian Dykens.

“What an honor it was to be recognized by the citizens of Milwaukee and selected to be grand marshal,” said Sibley. “It was a great day to honor the men and women of our armed services who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Milwaukee’s parade was also led by a Coast Guard color guard and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Milwaukee. Parade organizers also gave tribute to a Coast Guard veteran of World War II during the parade and held a formal wreath laying at the Milwaukee War Memorial Center.

Today, Coast Guardsmen around the world stand always ready to continue the tradition of honor set forth by those who have gone before us.

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