The Fourth of July 2012: Boston Mass…

Blue Angels fly above the USS Constitution and the USCGC Eagle in Boston Harbor…

Eileen and I recently spent the Fourth of July with our friends Paul and Jona. They live in Boston and it was fun spending time in the area where it all began.

Paul, Ellery, Jona and Eileen watching the ships in Boston Harbor…

We went down to the harbor area to see the ‘tall ships’ as they sailed. The highlight of the viewing was seeing the USS Constitution as it sailed (ok…pushed by tugboats) and shot off its cannons.

The USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America, she is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat.

As we celebrate the 200th Anniversary of The War of 1812, it should be noted that the Constitution is most famous for her actions during the war against Great Britain, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships: HMS Guerriere, Java, Pictou, Cyane and Levant. The battle with Guerriere earned her the nickname of “Old Ironsides” and public adoration that has repeatedly saved her from scrapping.

The USS Constitution, ‘Old Ironsides’, parades through Boston Harbor…

The USCG Eagle is a 295-ft barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. She is one of only two active commissioned sailing vessels in American military service, the other being the USS Constitution.

USCGC Eagle

Of course any Independence Day celebration is not complete without the Blue Angels performing.

The Blue Angels in formation…

The Blue Angels in formation…

The Blue Angels in formation…

Joining the Angels were the Navy Seals…It was great to see them and see how much everyone on shore showed their appreciation for the job the Seals are doing to protect our country. It was American pride and patriotism at its best.

Old Glory arrives with a Navy Seal…

The Navy Seals put on a spectacular exhibit…

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