The Navy League, Key West Commissioning Committee is proud to partner with the Monroe County School District to present the “Color the USS LENAH HIGBEE” Coloring Contest. Grade two students at Sigsbee, May Sands, Poinciana, Gerald Adams, HOB, Sugarloaf, Big Pine Charter, Grace Lutheran, and The Basilica School are invited to participate in the coloring contest. Contest rules will be available in English, Spanish, and Creole.
Entries must be received by the teacher no later than March 16, 2023, and winners will be announced on March 31, 2023. The First Place winner will receive a pizza party for their class and a VIP tour of the USS Lenah Higbee the week of May 8, 2023, at the Outer Mole Pier, Key West FL for their family. Second and Third Place winners will receive a VIP tour of the ship for their families. The Top Ten winning entries will be displayed at the Key West Woman’s Club, 319 Duval Street, Key West, for the month of April 2023.
The Commissioning Committee would like to thank Jennifer C. Barrios, Monroe County School District, Social Studies Coordinator, who made this contest so incredibly easy for us, and, the Key West Woman’s Club for their support.
The Navy League, Key West Council is the proud sponsor of the upcoming commissioning of the USS Lenah Sutcliffe HIGBEE (DDG 123), scheduled for 13 May 2023, at the outer Mole Pier, Key West, FL.
The HIGBEE, an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, is named for Navy Nurse pioneer, Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee. Nurse Higbee was the first woman to receive the Navy Cross for her exemplary work as Superintendent of the newly formed U.S. Navy Nurse Corps during World War I.
The Navy League will be hosting many events over the next year to raise funds and raise awareness of the importance of such a major military event happening right here in Key West. The commissioning ceremony, the culmination of a week of events for the crew of 350, their families, and as many as 5,000 visitors, will be open to all, with free tickets available.
For more information on the HIGBEE commissioning and the Navy League, Key West Council visit www.higbeecommissioning.org or www.navyleaguekeywest.org.
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