NEW LONDON, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An unprecedented collaboration has formed spanning decades and impervious to party lines. The Secretary’s Circle Advisory Board will support the National Coast Guard Museum Association in its fundraising efforts to build the first National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut.
The Honorable James M. Loy, former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security 2003 – 2005 and member of the board of directors of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, is the driving force behind the Secretary’s Circle. He said, “Preserving the history of the U.S. Coast Guard must be done. I know firsthand that every Cabinet member that has overseen the Coast Guard shares my sentiments and was delighted to sign on to be a part of this elite circle.”
The Secretary’s Circle is hosting the group’s first event April 29 at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. This invitation-only gathering is the National launch of the National Coast Guard Museum Association’s campaign to raise $100 million to build the National Coast Guard Museum. This is the Circle’s first public event supporting the Museum campaign. The event will be hosted by The Honorable Rodney Slater representing the Circle’s co-chairs, the Honorable Norman Mineta and the Honorable Thomas J. Ridge.
Secretary Mineta was the first to join the Secretary’s Circle. He shared, “I was humbled to be part of history as the U.S. Coast Guard transferred from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security. Being the Secretary of the Coast Guard is a privilege you don’t forget – it is our duty to make sure that the Coast Guard’s rich history is made available to the citizens of America.”
“We are humbled by this group of dignitaries who have come together to support the building of the first Museum to preserves the history of the U.S. Coast Guard,” said James Coleman, Jr., Chairman of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. “We now know that this is a matter of when, not if.”
Members of the NCGMA Secretary’s Circle Include:
|Honorable Norman Mineta, Former Secretary of Transportation 2001 – 2006|
|Honorable John W. Barnum, Former Secretary of Transportation 1973 – 1977|
|Honorable Alan S. Boyd, Former Secretary of Transportation 1967 - 1969|
|Honorable James H. Burnley IV, Former Secretary of Transportation 1987 – 1989|
|Honorable Andrew H. Card, Former Secretary of Transportation 1992 – 1993|
|Honorable Mimi Weyworth Dawson, Former Deputy Secretary of Transportation 1992 – 1987|
|Honorable Elizabeth Dole, Former Secretary of Transportation 1983 – 1987|
|Honorable Mortimer L. Downey III, Former Deputy Secretary of Transportation 1993 – 2001|
|Honorable Michael P. Jackson, Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security 2005 – 2007|
|Former Deputy Secretary of Transportation, 2001 – 2003|
|Honorable James M. Loy, Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security 2003 – 2005|
|Honorable Janet A. Napolitano, Former Secretary of Homeland Security 2009 – 2013|
|Honorable Thomas J. Ridge, Former Secretary of Homeland Security 2003 – 2005|
|Honorable Paul A. Schneider, Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security 2008 - 2009|
|Honorable Samuel K. Skinner, Former Secretary of Transportation 2003 – 2005|
|Honorable Rodney E. Slater, Former Secretary of Transportation 1997 – 2001|
About the National Coast Guard Museum
The National Coast Guard Museum will honor the heroism of those who answered the call to always be ready: Semper Paratus. Permanent and revolving exhibits will tell compelling stories of the past, the present and the future as they evoke the Coast Guard’s critical role and mission in maritime security, safety, protection of natural resources, and national defense. The museum will use interactive and modern technology to engage the public, veterans and the present Coast Guard as they serve our nation now and into the future.
The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the United States Coast Guard history and tradition. The museum will open in 2018 based on the raising of fifty million dollars in private donations to match the same dollar amount in government grants. For more information or to make a donation, contact the National Coast Guard Museum Association at 860.443.4200 or visit www.coastguardmuseum.org, and follow @USCGMuseum.