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USNA Midshipmen, Leadership Celebrate Navy Birthday with City of Annapolis

Posted on: October 07, 2013 12:00 EDT by U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs

The city of Annapolis and the U.S. Naval Academy rang in the 238th birthday of the U.S. Navy with a breakfast at the historic Calvert House Oct. 7.

Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Mike Miller joined Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen, Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Newman, and other distinguished area leadership in celebrating the close relationship the Naval Academy and the Navy enjoy in the Annapolis area.

“Annapolis is in so many ways a Navy town,” said Cohen. “The Navy gives back to this community in so many ways, and the midshipmen truly live out the spirit of service.”

Cohen talked at length about the myriad community service projects USNA midshipmen participate in around the area.  The Naval Academy Midshipman Action Group (MAG) has traditionally volunteered at events such as Harvest for the Hungry and Mids for Kids, a mentoring program for school children at the Annapolis Stanton Center and St. Mary’s.  Harvest for the Hungry helps feed Annapolis homeless during Thanksgiving and the holiday season, benefitting the Asbury Methodist Church.

“I’ve been here for 66 of the Navy birthdays in Annapolis,” said Michael E. Busch, speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. “There is no better partner than the U.S. Naval Academy.”

Miller emphasized that partnership with Annapolis and all of the local community and thanked the assembled guests for their continued support.

“This broad body of friends collected here today is special,” he said.

All of the speakers at the breakfast mentioned how the Naval Academy and Navy personnel play such a vital role in supporting the local economy and Annapolis small businesses.  Local businesses Alpaca International, Peppers, and the MainStreets Annapolis Partnership joined the City of Annapolis in sponsoring the breakfast.
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