This is the link to Project 2,996 created back in 2006 by Dale Challener Roe. I posted this tribute for Gilbert Granados on Sept. 08, 2006. I spent the rest of the next four days reading as many tributes as I could. I only managed around 300 posts. This experience remains the best thing I’ve ever accomplished while blogging since 2006.
Text of email I received on November 30, 2009.
This is Kathleen Granados, the youngest daughter of Gilbert Granados, whom you wrote such a beautiful tribute to on your blog. Although created in 2006, I had not seen your tribute until a few weeks ago when my mother said “did you see the blog with the tribute to dad?” and proceeded to hand me the tribute, printed out with pages of responses. We are so proud to see such a wonderful piece about him.
I can’t quite express to you the depth of thanks I have in my heart for creating something so beautiful in honor of my dad. My father always believed in the good in people, and it is people like you that keep the love and connection strong in this world.
On behalf of my family, especially my mother and sister, thank you. You have brightened our lives with your work!
America has always been thought of as the land of opportunity. A land where a person can pull themselves up and succeed. Success, that dream is possible for everyone. But for a young man growing up on the harsh streets of East Los Angeles that opportunity, that dream is sometimes hard to see. It takes others to lend a hand, and that hand, many hands reached out to Gilbert Granados. At Garfield High, his drive and intelligence stood out and his teachers encouraged him to dream of college.
They said, go east young man. To New York, to Long Island, to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point N.Y. He would spend the next 30 years on the Island building his version of the dream and leaving behind a lasting legacy.
After graduation from the Academy in 1975, and marriage in 1976 to Teresa, the newlyweds decided to stay on Long Island. Two daughters, Maureen in 1981 and Kathleen in 1986 completed their loving family. Gilbert joined the Coast Guard Reserves in order to earn a master’s degree from Adelphi University. That business degree set in motion a career that was still going strong when Gilbert died in the World Trade Center Tower Two on 9/11.
But what truly set Gilbert apart was his dedication to the U.S. Coast Guard and their many missions. While raising his family and indulging his interests in football cards, The Civil War and putting golf balls on the backyard green, he served for two decades in the New York area and was a veteran of Desert Storm. On Aug. 1, 1995, LCDR Gilbert F. Granados retired after giving 20 years of dedicated service to the country that had allowed him to live his dream.
The United States Coast Guard is a military, multimission, maritime service within the Department of Homeland Security and one of the nation’s five armed services. Its core roles are to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic and security interests in any maritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and America’s coasts, ports, and inland waterways.
raging waves pound the shore
the storm outside promises more
react to call without thinking
somewhere out there a boat is sinking
no matter the weather will always try
but sometimes too late people will die
service to country in many waters
signed up they are our sons and daughters
often overlooked though job is hard
patrol our shores they are the Coast Guard
Just under two years after 9/11, the USCG Station Kings Point, N.Y., located at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, was named in honor of LCDR Gilbert F. Granados on Sept. 5, 2003. Playing the bagpipes at the naming ceremony was BMC Steven Cochran, USCGR.
If you wish to contribute to the Gilbert Granados Memorial Scholarship, this is the address.
Name of Individual Foundation in Memory of: Gilbert Granados
Name of Foundation: Gilbert Granados Memorial Scholarship
Purpose of Foundation: College Scholarship Fund
Donation Contact Information: Deborah Head College Counselor
James A. Garfield High School
5101 E. Sixth Street
Los Angeles , CA 90022