Coast Guard museum included in federal budget blueprint

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The National Coast Guard Museum Association is praising President Donald Trump and Congress for including $5 million in federal budget funds dedicated to the museum, which is slated to be built in New London, Conn.

“The bipartisan support that delivered this federal funding represents a critical new component in establishing a private-public partnership necessary to move the project forward,” National Coast Guard Museum Association president Richard J. Grahn said in a letter to Trump and Congress.

“The funding allows the Coast Guard to fully participate in the exhibit design process and will assist private fundraising efforts by showing the federal government is as committed to the National Coast Guard Museum project as are the city of New London, state of Connecticut and our private donors,” Grahn wrote. “With the momentum provided by this development, planners will move forward with the design and approval process “to create a lasting tribute to the heroic men and women of the United States Coast Guard.”

“In particular, we appreciate the support and dedication of members of the Connecticut delegation for all they have done and continue to do to ensure our success,” Grahn added.

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