Monday, October 13, 2014

Navy's 239th Birthday - SOS America Military Tribute

Today is the Navy's 239th birthday.  Check out my column with Tracy Solheim at USA Today's HEA Blog at this link.

I also posted pictures on my travel blog, Aloha On My Mind - Life at Sea with USS George Washington at this link.

Registration is now open for the RT Booklovers' Convention, May 12-17, 2015 at this link.   As readers and authors book their travel, I invite everyone attending the convention to stay through Sunday morning for the SOS America Military Tribute. This heartfelt salute includes an Honor Guard, Barbershop Quartet, photo montage, and more.  We also recognize our international allies.   Join us in celebrating those who defend our freedom to read and write as we please.

We'll have a "hats off" salute ... which means you need to bring a hat!   Suggestions include military hats, ball caps with military units, or a patriotic hat to show your pride.   

Likewise, we'll host a SOS America promo table in Club RT - a room set aside for vendors and authors to meet readers.   We'll being giving away military swag plus hosting a trivia challenge - how well do you know military heroes - real and fictional? 

Make sure you bring a "coin" for the challenge:

1.  Coins are unit medallions awarded by commanders ... but you can bring a foreign coin, state quarter, or even a poker chip to serve as your coin.

2.  When challenged, readers present their "coin" for special prizes (in the military, the person without a coin buys a round of drinks at the bar).

For military families who live in the local area, you are invited to the Giant Book Fair (Saturday morning) and the SOS America Military Tribute (Sunday morning).  Contact me at for more information.

Please share this information with your friends, readers, and followers.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. The hat's off salute reminds me that just yesterday I was at the fall festival at a church across from my house. A gentleman there was wearing his WWII Veteran hat, and it also indicated he had been at Normandy. He was laughing it up with the group of people he was with. Warmed my heart to see him.

  2. Thanks for all you do, Kim, to promote our military and their families! Hugs!!!

  3. I'll be there! So glad we're doing this!

  4. Sounds like a terrific event, Kim and Tracy! Sorry to not be attending RT!