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Ira Lewis Day

Celebrating 100 Years of Service
It’s not every day that a man turns 100. 
And it’s not every community that has a man like Ira Lewis.


Mr Ira Lewis photo by Dylan Ray

The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center will partner with community members and local officials to honor Chief Ira Lewis with a parade at 11 am, beginning at the Veterans Memorial at Harkers Island School and ending at the Core Sound Museum with lunch and a 2 pm ceremony. 

REGISTRATION for All Men & Women Serving USCG

As part of the USCG Appreciation Day in Honor of Chief Ira Lewis’ 100th Birthday on August 18, ALL US Coast Guard servicemen and women are invited to be part of this “USCG Reunion” by participating in the day’s activities. 
The day-long-event will begin with a parade at 11 that will leave the Veterans’ Memorial at Harkers Island School and proceed to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center.

To participate in the parade, we need each Veteran registered w/ the Museum.  We plan for all USCG Veterans to meet at the HI School at 10 am for name tags and parade assignments.  We will also need to know BEFORE the parade who can walk and who will need to ride.  We will need contact information ASAP (see below.)  If you would like to walk/ride in memory of a family/friend, that is possible too. (Please call Karen @ 252.723.0982 for details.)  

Once the entire parade procession has arrived there will be a lunch with all USCG Veterans receiving a complimentary lunch.  Families and visitors may reserve their tickets by calling 252.728.1500.  (Tickets are $10 for BBQ & Chicken w/ drinks and dessert.)  We encourage EVERYONE (both USCG Veterans and families to reserve your tickets asap.)

A formal ceremony to recognize Chief Lewis’ 100 years and the important role the US Coast Guard holds in our history and our community today will be held at 2 pm.  Admiral Dean Lee will provide the keynote address with local, state and Congressional representatives in attendance.

This gathering will also feature displays of USCG history and space for pictures (1 per Veteran) to be displayed.  (If you have pictures or memorabilia you would like to display, please contact Pam Morris at 252.728.1500

Please fill out the following registration form if you plan to attend:

Name of USCG Veteran Attending *
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