Ceremonial Requests

    Coast Guardsmen stationed in Cape May volunteer thousands of hours and support hundreds of community events and educational programs. Our primary volunteer effort is Partnership in Education, which enhances educational opportunities and career awareness for the nation’s youth through direct participation in education related programs. Often, our Coast Guardsmen work directly with students to heighten their awareness of traditional Coast Guard values, drug-free lifestyles, emphasis on scholarship, personal initiative, responsibility, and individual self-worth.

    Coast Guard Training Center Cape May maintains a ceremonial contingent consisting of permanent party personnel and recruits in training. Training Center Recruits are periodically called upon to support off-base functions. They are limited to a 60-mile radius or no more than an hour commute. All ceremonial performances and off-base functions are considered for approval by the Commanding Officer on a case-by-case basis.

    All requests for performances by the Ceremonial Detail or other Recruit off-base functions should be sent to:

    Commanding Officer (tmc)
    Coast Guard Training Center
    1 Munro Ave.
    Cape May, NJ 08204

    In order to submit your request, you will also need to read the letter to potential sponsors and complete the Request Information Sheet. The sponsor of a Ceremonial Detail performance or Recruit off-base function is responsible for all transportation, lodging, and meals required by the Coast Guard members involved. The completed paperwork (formal request letter and completed information sheets) must be received at the Training Center no later than 30 days prior to the event or it will not be considered.

    The paperwork may be mailed to the address above.

    We also support a variety of community events throughout the region including parades, ceremonies and celebrations. We provide highly-trained ceremonial services that specialize as color guards, firing parties, and buglers. These services are provided free of charge; however, requesters must provide transportation and support for participating Coast Guardsmen.

    Finally, our staff hosts several Sunset Parades each year in which the training center is open to the public for a full review of the Recruit Regiment.