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Heroes Among Us: Coast Guard Night

Heroes Among Us: Coast Guard Night
Join us on July 28 at 1800 (6:00 PM) at our very own Veterans Memorial Park for the third installment in the Heroes Among Us Speaker Series. The third installment in the series, "Coast Guard Night,” is presented by Cpl JR Sears Detachment 066 of the Marine Corps League. The Marine Core League intends to honor all those Coast Guardsman who have served our nation with honor in both war and peace, with special remembrance of their daring rescues at sea. Guests of honor will be LCDR Vince Jansen and BMC Melvin Zebrowski, USCG. 

The first Guest of Honor, LCDR Vince Jansen USCG, is currently the USCG Aviation Safety Instructor at the Naval School of Aviation Safety. LCDR Jansen is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy with previous tours of duty including law enforcement and SAR operations. In 2012, he was selected as the USCG Pilot of the Year by the Order of Daedalians and received the "Masters Medal” from the Guild of Air Pilots and the Air Navigators in the United Kingdom for rescues conducted in Alaska. 

The second Guest of Honor, BMC Melvin Zebrowski USCG, is the commander of his second unit, the Aids to Navigation Team in Pensacola. During his 20 year career, multi-mission assignments included Executive Petty Officer tours at Station Wachapreague. VA and Aids to Navigation Team Eufaula, AL. He also served duty at the Marine Safety Office in Jacksonville, FL, and Station Barnegat Light. His shipboard assignments included the CGC KEY LARGO and CGC OCRACOKE, in Puerto Rico, focusing on SAR and Law Enforcement operations. 

This incredible monthly series started in 2013 and represents those who have distinguished themselves in combat. It features stories from every generation and branch of the Armed Forces. The goal is to let people share their experiences with others to create a greater understanding of what life is like before, during, and after combat. In doing so, this series of shared experience provides education and outreach to our community.

The Veterans Memorial Park collects donations for its "Marines in Distress" fund, which provides a hand up- not a handout- to military veterans who need assistance. The community has helped to raise $70,000 so far for this worthy cause. 

The scheduled 2016 Heroes Among Us Series is free and open to the public. Water and light refreshments will be provided; people should bring their personal blankets or chairs. In the case of rain, the event will be moved to Rosie’s at Seville Quarter. The series is sponsored by the Marine Corps League and is presented by Corporal J.R. Spears of Detachment 066. To donate to the "Marines in Distress" Fund, please send your donation to the following address:

Edward Rouse
6825 Oak Street
Milton, FL 32570

Checks should be payable to MCL DET #066

The Veterans Memorial Park Foundation depends on individual donations, from people just like you, to support our park. You can easily donate here.

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