Coast Guard Cutter anniversary
The 50th anniversary of the historic voyage by the US Coast Guard Cutters STORIS, BRAMBLE and SPAR, circumnavigating the North American continent from west to east for the first time, during the summer of 1957, will be celebrated at a reunion September 4 - 6, 2007, in Reno, Nevada.
This is the long anticipated combination of a reunion with the 50th anniversary of “Cutters Around the Continent.” September 6th is the exact anniversary date of the three vessels passing through Bellot Strait and starting the trip home following their history-making voyage.
Plans include a performance by the Coast Guard band and drill team and hopefully a visit from Admiral Thad Allen, USCG, Commandant of the Coast Guard.
Contacting Jim Loback, 10436 Teal Circle, Fountain Valley CA 92708; 714-968-8964; StorisBrambleSpar@msn.com; www.storisbramblespar.org.
War of 1812 Bicentennial
There will be a 12-port public/private partnership for the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 and the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner.
Continuing through 2015, the US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard – the US maritime services along with Operation Sail will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
Week-long events, parades of warships and sailing vessels, public visitation, air shows, international athletic competitions, and community relations activities will mark the occasions in New Orleans, New York City, Norfolk, Baltimore/Annapolis, Boston, New London, Milwaukee, Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo. The Navy’s four annual events on the West Coast Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and San Diego will include special shipboard exhibits.
The Chief of Naval Operations has invited 120 countries to send combat ships as well as their national academy sail training tall ships to America.
OpSail, the Congressionally chartered non-profit producer of tall ship events, has partnered with the Navy for previous American milestones such as the 1976 bicentennial of American independence, the 1986 State of Liberty centennial, and Millennium in 2000. Visit www.opsail.org.
St. Simons Island ‘Coasties’ reunion
Former US Coast Guard personnel who served on St. Simons Island, Georgia, are invited to a special reunion November 9-11, 2007, sponsored by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society (www.saintsimonslighthouse.org). The event is open to all Coast Guard personnel, regular and reserves, who were associated with Station St. Simons from 1937 and 1995.
Most activities will be based at the Maritime Museum at the Historic Coast Guard Station and will include tours of Station St. Simons, restored and opened as a museum in 2006; a banquet and worship service.
The Coastal Georgia Historical Society is especially interested in personal stories, photographs and other memorabilia. To share them, contact Michelle Collins, reunion coordinator, at 912-638-5481 or 912-628-4666.