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Editor’s note: This article is part of a series to salute the U.S. Coast Guard, as this week is traditionally the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival week. The 2020 festival was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

My name is Darcy Van Deelen. I was born and raised in West Michigan. I now live in California, but I am an owner and seasonal resident at Harbourfront in downtown Grand Haven in the old piano factory.

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Samuel Krikke stands next to his mother, Darcy Van Deelen, aboard the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Active.

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A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter lands on the cutter Active while underway in the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the northwestern coast of Washington.

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