U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-09 combined water safety with culture Saturday by placing a wreath on a monument dedicated to Shepherd Mosby at the Fun In The Park Day 2013 at Mosby Park.
The ceremony honoring the World War I veteran was part of an event to raise awareness about how to enjoy the local pools, lakes, and rivers in a fun and safe manner.
Mosby served in the Merchant Marines during World War I. He was assigned to a special unit called The Waterdogs, whose mission was to protect the shore from enemy swimmers.
Flotilla Commander Stephen McLain said, “The Fun in the Park event is a wonderful time for kids and grown-ups to get together and enjoy the pool, but we also want to honor those who have gone before us, who worked hard to insure our freedoms. Shepherd Mosby is one of those unsung heroes who deserve our appreciation.”
He said the wreath will stay on the monument through July 4.
There was a “man overboard” demonstration in the pool in addition to other water safety displays and information. The day included face painting, hair spraying, fake tattooing, bouncy ball solo cup, corn hole, rope in a bag, rope nail, balloon animals, potato sack race, three-legged race and an egg race.
The day was sponsored by AirEvac, 10th Judicial Drug Task Force, Cleveland Police Department, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Fire Department, Bradley County Fire Rescue, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
“The primary mission of the Coast Guard Auxiliary is recreational boater safety, but we don’t stop there,” McLain said. “We want everyone who will be around the water this summer to have a fun and safe time.”
Flotilla Vice Commander William J. McGarvey said, “While the mood will be festive and upbeat, we’re serious about getting the word out to families and children that summer in the water can be fun, but it can also be dangerous.”
In addition to the various first responders, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will have vessel examiners on hand to provide free vessel safety checks for boaters.