Coast Guard’s MSU Paducah Hosts Flag Day Celebration

The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit Paducah
The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit Paducah hosted a Flag Day ceremony June 14 at the riverfront in Paducah, Ky. The event included speeches, the display of a giant American flag and a 29-foot small response boat and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. (photo by John Crivello)

U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Paducah paid tribute to the American flag during a first-of-its-kind ceremony June 14 in Paducah.

Organized by Lt. Commander Mihai Leta, the unit’s executive officer, the celebration was attended by many local first responders along with city and county officials.

Seamen’s Church Institute river chaplain the Rev. David Shirk attended, along with Army recruiting station commander Sgt. First Class John Head, who also gave a short talk to commemorate the U.S. Army’s 247th birthday. The Paducah Fire Department displayed an enormous flag above Broadway at the intersection of Water Street.

Commander Jennifer J. Andrew, MSU Paducah’s commanding officer, Paducah Mayor George Bray and McCracken County Judge-Executive Craig Clymer all gave speeches. To conclude the event, the Paducah Ambassadors led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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In addition, Coast Guard Station Paducah, led by BMC Michael Sheahan, provided a tent and seating along with a 29-foot small response boat for public display and viewing.