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Groundbreaking of Coast Guard museum is celebrated

Associated Press Updated: May 2, 2014 at 5:31 pm 0

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Supporters of a National Coast Guard Museum are cheering as political and military dignitaries reveled in a ceremonial groundbreaking in Connecticut.

The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., signed a deed Friday that transfers the site of the future museum from the city of New London to the Coast Guard. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also was on hand.

The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/1rNlviB ) that museum supporters gathered at City Pier amid a backdrop of the Thames (THAIMS') River and two Coast Guard vessels.

The state will be committing up to $20 million to supplement development and construction of the $80 million museum that will honor the maritime service's 224-year-history. Millions more dollars need to be raised before construction of the 54,000-square-foot, waterfront museum.

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