By Tim Kowols
The United States Coast Guard celebrated its 228th year as a military branch and over 130 years in Sturgeon Bay Saturday with the annual Salute to the Coast Guard picnic. Hosted by Sturgeon Bay’s Coast Guard Steering Committee, the event allowed close to 80 retired and active duty members of the Coast Guard and their families connect with each other. Committee member and Coast Guard veteran Bob Desh says the connection between the branch and the city is special.
The picnic serves as a kick-off to Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week. Coast Guard cutters Neah Bay and Escanaba will dock in Sturgeon Bay this week as a part of the festivities.