Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan, commander the Coast Guard’s 9th District, which encompasses the entire Great Lakes Region, was especially grateful for the support her Coast Guard community around the Great Lakes – and especially the Marblehead Station – received during the recent federal shutdown.
“I want to pass on my most profound gratitude and the thanks of the entire Coast Guard community, to all of you who provided assistance to us last month during the partial government shutdown,” said Nunan. “Knowing that it was going to be difficult for families trying to make ends meet, citizens from every of the 54 towns with Coast Guard stations (around the Great Lakes) rallied to help, hosting dinners, opening food pantries and donating money or gift cards.
“We are thankful to the American Legion and VFW halls, supermarkets, food companies restaurants and the other businesses who donated food and services. I’m reminded of the final scene in that movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” when George Bailey finds out just how many friends he really has. That’s how we feel right now.
“Thank you, personally, as well. We love being a part of every one of these 54 communities where we live. You helped us to stay on the job. We continue stand the watch all the more and are honored and proud to serve you.”