USCG William Trump Memorial
Memorial Day this year is on May 27, and is all about remembrance, respect, those who served, and the families that supported. Recently, Colette was honored with a memorial service for her late father.
William Trump, Colette’s father, is also the namesake of the sentinel-class cutter featured below. He received recognition and distinction due to his heroism during the Invasion of Normandy, among other things. See “USCGS William Trump Change of Command” article to read more specifics:
This memorial happened so suddenly.
Some representatives from Bollinger Shipyards—who are the ship’s builders— Felix Pavel and Scott Lanc, recognized the Trump name and contacted Colette about the memorial service. They hoped to give a piece of the ship to its sponsor, Colette Eddy.
The ship was dry-docked for repairs and maintenance, so the timing was (somewhat) perfect.
The day began at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Clearwater, Florida; this is the location where Colette’s father was buried.
Colette’s family was present for the event, as were the Captain, crew, and shipbuilder representatives.
The group enjoyed lunch at the Edison in South Tampa. Colette’s nephew, Will Trump, bought a round of drinks for everybody. Cheers to life!
This memorial was not a mourning of death, but a celebration of life. We hope you all spend times with your loved ones and thank a service member for their service.