An idea that’s been brewing for a couple of years has finally seen the light of day with one of the first babies born at North Ottawa Community Hospital during (or close to) what is normally Coast Guard Festival week.

Declan Khaled Meerzo received a birth certificate branded not only with the NOCH logo, but also with a U.S. Coast Guard emblem and the words “Grand Haven, MI, Coast Guard City USA.”

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