Members of the Coast Guard City Advisory Committee have once again scheduled an appreciation banquet to honor the men and women stationed at Coast Guard Station Rockland and aboard the various Coast Guard vessels located dockside at the end of Tillson Avenue.

This will be the third annual dinner, which celebrates the recent accomplishments and rich history of the U.S. Coast Guard in Rockland. Among other events planned for the evening will be the presentation of Sailor of the Year awards, recognition of promotions, and a family-style meal.

The banquet will be held Friday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rockland Elks Lodge on Rankin Street. Tickets may be purchased at the Maine Lighthouse Museum on Park Drive, Rockland City Hall on Pleasant Street and Pastry Garden on Main Street. Active duty Coast Guard personnel and their families are free. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children between the ages of 4 and 12.

Mike Miller, chairman of the committee, said that as an official Coast Guard city, the dinner is a way for Rockland to give something back to the Coast Guard for protecting the coastal waters of Maine and the rest of the United States.

Rockland was selected as a Coast Guard city, so designated by an act of Congress in 2008. At the time of the award, Rockland became the ninth Coast Guard city in the country, and the first in the Northeast.

The committee is reaching out to the community for support in the form of donations and participation at the dinner, and will be collecting items for door prizes.

Miller said the dinner is a good way for local families to become involved with and informed about the Coast Guard and the crew members who are assigned to Rockland. He also said the dinner is a family-style event, with a few activities suited to young children.

For more information call Miller at 542-1364 or visit rocklandcoastguardcity.com.