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Coast Guard Community

Cape May County is designated as a Coast Guard Community, a title obtained though a rigorous application process and granted by the United States Congress and United States Coast Guard. This designation recognizes the special relationship between the Coast Guard and the people of Cape May County, and the Foundation's activities support the designation.  For more information about Cape May County being a Coast Guard Community click here.


Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation logo

The Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation is gathering donations to build a memorial in recognition of the over 1500 Coast Guardsmen who have lost their lives in the performance of duty. The memorial is planned for construction on the grounds of Training Center Cape May, NJ, the current birthplace of the service’s enlisted corps. Along with the physical memorial the foundation will maintain this electronic memorial which is constantly being expanded with further background information, photos, and historical records. To make a donation or to learn more about the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation click here.


Each year the Cape May County Coast Guard Community Foundation honors Coast Guard personnel and their families with the Coast Guard Community Festival which is held the first weekend of May every year. The 2019 festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. For more information about the festival click here.

The Coast Guard Base in Cape May hosts monthly Sunset Parades throughout the summer. Sunset Parades are colorful, inspiring military ceremonies featuring the Recruit Precision Drill Team, marching troops, cannon fire. They take place at sunset on the Training Center's Parade Grounds, are open to the general public, and there is no admission charge. Children are welcome to attend, but should be accompanied by an adult. The Sunset-Parade schedule for 2019 is a follows:

Date Guests Seated by Estimated Start Time Sunset
May 26 7:37 p.m. 7:57 p.m. 8:15 p.m.
June 30 7:51 p.m. 8:11 p.m. 8:29 p.m.
August 4 7:30 p.m. 7:50 p.m. 8:08 p.m.
September 2 6:52 p.m. 7:12 p.m. 7:30 p.m.


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