On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Congressman Mike McIntyre, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and representatives from the United States Coast Guard were on hand to officially re-certify Wilmington as a Coast Guard City.
In 2003, the City of Wilmington was the 4th city in the United States and the first on the east coast to be designated a “Coast Guard City.” Cities must reapply every 5 years to be recertified. The City was recertified for this prestigious designation in 2008 and again in 2013.
According to Coast Guard documentation, “for purposes of future designations of Coast Guard cities, weight will be given to partnerships on local community projects that would be indicative of a robust, on-going relationship between the community as whole and the local Coast Guard units.” It is the highest honor the Coast Guard can bestow upon a city.
Read the press release from the United States Coast Guard