Today requires a little manpower, or woman power, to accomplish. It’s National Canoe Day and it’s really hard to just be a passenger in a canoe, unless you get the middle seat. It is believe that the Carib Indians, living in the Caribbean, invented the canoe. At least the first reference comes from the “kenu” in their native language meaning boat. (Or something like that anyway) While I would not suggest canoeing on the ocean as the Carib did they are useful in lakes and on rivers. You can get great exercise and enjoy nature in a more moderate means of travel. Of course that may speed up a bit if you hit some rapids. Here in Florida we do a lot of canoeing around alligators. I am not sure how wise that is but you do get up close and personal with the reptiles.
How to celebrate – Go canoeing. Visit the Caribbean. Put your canoe up on blocks in your backyard and practice canoeing.
It is often the forgotten branch of the defense of our country but over the years it has been the single branch of the service solely devoted to the defense of the United States. Created by the U.S. Congress on August 4th, 1790 it was first known as the Revenue Cutter Service, it’s primary duty to ensure all good brought into the country were both legal and subject to tariffs and taxes.
Originally formed under the guidance of, yes, Alexander Hamilton, (I’m not sure if it’s in the musical “Hamilton” or not but it should be) and evolved from tax and tariff duty to include search and rescue, along with defense. Even though outside of it’s role it did serve sort of as an offensive group during World War 2 as many of the landing craft used to invade our enemies were piloted by Coast Guard trained helmsmen.
They became the police, and fire rescue of the coastal waterways, rivers and lakes of America. The Revenue Cutter Service was changed to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915 and today are a vital part of Homeland Security. But most of us know them best for the search and rescue of those in need in the water. They have saved untold thousands of people that would have perished otherwise.
Like most of the services, they have their own academy where students are educated in various different majors but include service to the Coast Guard. There are many, many unsung heroes that have given their all to help others and keep our country safe. Their motto, “Semper Paratus” meaning “Always Ready”.
We owe a lot to our men and women of the Coast Guard. They are the most forgotten of all our military services mainly because instead of causing death and destruction, they save and build.
How to celebrate – Read about the history of the Coast Guard. Thank any you see who serve in the Coast guard for their service. Go see “Hamilton” and see if the Coast Guard is mentioned in the show.