A few years ago in Unalaska a new Turkey day tradition was born. It was Mayor Shirley Marquardt’s idea and she gave it catchy name: Host a Coastie.
When the Coast Guard deploys, they leave their homes and their families behind for months at a time. And that’s rough around the holidays.
Marquardt grew up in a Coast Guard family and saw this firsthand. So several years ago she reached out to local families and asked if they would be willing to host crewmembers for Thanksgiving dinner.
The Coast Guard cutter Sherman has been out patrolling the Bering Sea this fall, but they pulled into port just in time for Thanksgiving.