Obama recognizes New London, Newtown in State of the Union

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– Right up the hill from Mr. G’s restaurant in New London is the US Coast Guard Academy. Folks there have seen generations of cadets come through and they were pretty happy to hear the presidential shout out Tuesday night.

During his State of the Union address, the president spoke of seeing the hopeful faces of young graduates from New York to California including, “…our newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, and New London. I’ve mourned with grieving families in Tucson and Newtown…”

Newtown and New London both recognized during the State of the Union address. Tragedy and triumph for Connecticut and the country.

“I’m always proud of New London when it’s mentioned on a national scale,” said Peter Gianakos, who owns Mr. G’s Restaurant.

Mr. G’s has been feeding cadets from the US Coast Guard Academy since 1966, seeing some rise through the ranks. They’ve also shared in the excitement of the presidential visits every four years or so.

“It’s pretty neat because they close, secret service comes in early and they close all the roads around here,” said Gianakos.

It’s national recognition which could continue to grow.

“We’re excited about the new Coast Guard museum that’s going to open in downtown New London,” said Gianakos.

The National Coast Guard Museum is expected to sail into the city in 2018.

You can bet Barry Watrous will be close by with camera in hand. The Ledyard man captured images of the Coast Guard Academy Wednesday morning.

“It’s a gold mine of a city,” said Watrous. “Too little is known about it and I hope this brings out just a wealth of information for people to see about the city.”

The last time the president gave the commencement address at the academy was in May 2011, so there is a possibility he could be back this spring or next.

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