Aloha! I am incorporating CELEBRATE LITTLE VICTORIES as a Saturday column here at SOS Aloha. Today we celebrate a BIG victory - it is the 222nd birthday of the United States' Coast Guard! From the USCG's website (at this link),
The U. S. Coast Guard is simultaneously and at all times a military force and federal law enforcement agency dedicated to safety, security, and stewardship missions. We save lives. We protect the environment. We defend the homeland. We enforce Federal laws on the high seas, the nation's coastal waters and its inland waterways. We are unique in the Nation and the world.
The Coast Guard's official history began on 4 August 1790 when President George Washington signed the Tariff Act that authorized the construction of ten vessels, referred to as "cutters," to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling. Known variously through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as the "revenue cutters," the "system of cutters," and finally the Revenue Cutter Service, it expanded in size and responsibilities as the nation grew.
I know several Coast Guard families here in Hawaii. One veteran noted that the Coast Guard is smaller than the New York Police Department ... but protects xx times more territory! Romanceland is lucky to have a handful of authors connected to the Coast Guardian, including Gail Barrett, Mary Blayney, Larissa Ione, Catherine Mann, Cathy Maxwell, and Linda Wisdom. In honor of this grand birthday, I am giving away a Coast Guard tote bag plus book choice from my convention stash. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about the Coast Guard - have you seen the Guardians in action? For international readers, do you have a similar service?
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, August 11, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 12.
Semper Paratus - Always Ready,
Kim in Hawaii
Here's an interesting trivia from Coast Guard history - actors Lloyd Bridges (father) and Beau Bridges (son) both enlisted in the Coast Guard (at this link).
|Image from U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary|