Friday, December 12, 2008

U.S. Coast Guard Resumes Christmas Tradition

Since 2000 (off and on) the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw has delivered Christmas trees to needy folks. This tradition actually hearkens back to the Rouse Simmons, a ship that started the tradition in 1896. This Coast Guard is the nation's oldest continuous sea-going service, having been formed in 1790. They have a proud tradition of serving the nation during times of peace as well as war. The USCG saves around 5,000-6,000 lives a year and saves millions of dollars of property. Delivering Christmas trees is not part of their official mission, but it is an appropriate support to provide for our Christmas National Holiday.


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