Carteret County milestone: We’re a ‘Coast Guard Community’
Coast Guard Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. John M. Mabus of Elizabeth City set the tone in delivering his invocation. Here are excerpts of his remarks:
“Thank you for this beautiful day and this beautiful location to celebrate and honor the rich Coast Guard heritage here in Carteret County. This history is full of Coast Guard innovation, commitment to excellence and devotion to save lives and protect our homeland.
“As we take time today to officially designate Carteret County as a Coast Guard Community, we are thankful for the wonderful hospitality that this community has shown to the Coast Guard for decades of service.
“…Carteret County has been a community devoted to rescuing those in need as they have provided a welcoming place for the Coast Guard and its mission, which is so close to your heart and character.
“We give you praise for the tapestry of connections between the Coast Guard and the residents, institutions and businesses of the Crystal Coast.
“Thank you for the ongoing and growing support of local officials to seek better and more effective ways to encourage and support the Coast Guard mission and families.
“We are grateful for the ways that the Coast Guard is able to partner with the local schools, churches, service organizations and support agencies.
“We pray for your blessing to continue to be on Carteret County and the Coast Guard and its employees and families here in the Crystal Coast as they serve each day with honor, respect and devotion to duty.”
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