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(July 12,1952 / New York City)

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A Small Service Big Job

~~~~*Dedicated to the United States Coast Guard*~~~~

Brave members on a shore kept free
Who man the fleets in war and peace
And guard the shores of Liberty
To keep a freedom that will never cease

From North, South, East to West
Come the rescuers of lives at sea
Whom the war on smugglers shall wrest'd
To keep our good land safe and free

As liberty tolls, two centuries span
Though small in size this service be
As one small part of Hamilton's plan
Guards the coasts of Liberty.



I'm a coastie's wife and proud of it.My husband served his country for 26 years following in his father's footsteps.My son is now active duty.

Submitted: Friday, October 10, 2008


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  • Yash Shinde (4/1/2014 11:21:00 PM)

    ........a beautiful tribute to those valiant people, wonderful write....

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  • Malini Kadir (1/19/2014 8:37:00 AM)

    very fitting tribute and a show of true faith.....

  • Andrew Blakemore (8/25/2009 4:01:00 AM)

    A fitting tribute to those brave people who patrol the coast. Best wishes, Andrew

  • Charli Pinkney (8/22/2009 4:36:00 AM)

    I thought this was a wonderful tribute 10/10 :)

  • Natasha Leatherman (7/23/2009 4:50:00 PM)

    A wonderful Tribute. I love it. +10

  • Carl Harris (5/17/2009 11:20:00 PM)

    This is a charming and well written tribute to the US Coast Guard, an often overlooked branch of our military service, yet one that perhaps contributes more to the safety and welfare of the people of this nation than any other. They are on duty 24 hours a day, every day, whether at peace or in war, and they protect our shores as well as boaters and even swimmers, let alone run down drug smugglers
    and those trying to illegally enter our country by boat. Your words were indeed a warm and beautiful tribute to the men and women of our Coast Guard. Carl.

  • Raihan Chowdhury (4/6/2009 11:13:00 PM)

    nice

  • Rajaram Ramachandran (3/23/2009 7:04:00 PM)

    A rich tribute to coast guards from the wife of a coast guard. Well done.

  • Elaine Oxamendi Vicet (3/1/2009 10:04:00 AM)

    A great tribute to those who serve. God bless your family.

  • Palas Kumar Ray (2/23/2009 1:28:00 PM)

    ***********************************************************************************************Needless to say that every dropp of water is equally important to form the mighty ocean.Service may be small by the length of time but not small at all if we consider it; 's immense importance.It takes only a few minutes to destroy the world.Simple negligence may kill thousands.So such job is very Big by nature.
    They desrve the applause.
    ***********************************************************************************************

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