The members of the U.S. Naval Academy's Offshore Sailing Training Squadron are scheduled this weekend to make their 17th annual visit to the Freeport Nautical Esplanade.

The 32 U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen will be accompanied by eight sailing coaches as they take part in the program.

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Mayor Robert T. Kennedy is to present the midshipmen with the Freeport Village Flag and welcome them for the weekend before they return to the Naval Academy late Sunday.

"These young men and women are among the finest this nation has to offer," Kennedy said in a news release. "It is an honor and a privilege to welcome them to our shores and to have them spend the weekend with us."

The midshipmen are embarking on a voyage of about two days at sea before arriving in Freeport.

They are expected to arrive about 2 p.m. Friday at the Esplanade on Woodcleft Avenue. On Saturday and Sunday, from 12 to 4 p.m., the Naval vessels will be available for photos and tours by members of the public.

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Village officials plan to host a private barbecue Saturday afternoon for the midshipmen, U.S. military veterans and their families at the Village Recreation Center.