Placed at the end of the parade field located on Coast Guard Training Center Cape May stands a testament to the service’s devotion to duty. Inside the training center, artifacts of Coast Guard history may be seen throughout.
Whether it is the memorial to Douglas Munro, the service’s only Medal of Honor winner, or the mast that once belonged onboard the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, the most decorated cutter in the Coast Guard, the artifacts serve to remind the recruits that they are joining a branch of the military with a long, proud, history with 228 years of service to the nation. As they train in the shadows of these testaments to the service’s past, they inherently know that they are the service’s future.
The construction of the memorial is like the construction of a recruit and requires both time and care. Each brick placed carefully and with a defined purpose. The large granite slabs wrapping tightly around the center, each displaying the five predecessor agencies that formed the modern day Coast Guard, as well as the names carved in its granite walls, which are placed in the chronological order of their passing dating back to 1915, pay homage to the service’s history as well as its members.