Continuing a 20-year tradition, the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw will deliver 1,200 Christmas trees as part of Chicago’s Christmas Ship program. The annual tree delivery dates back more than a century when brothers August and Herman Schuenemann sold and gave away Christmas trees from the Chicago waterfront.
A holiday poem and resources for Coast Guardsmen and their families during the holiday season.
Although we may live in communities for just a few years, Coast Guard families find ways to make it home, and that often means finding ways to give back. This year, four holiday events from locations spanning nearly 13,000 miles join service members and their communities in unique ways as the celebrate the season.
The Coast Guard Band recently performed with several celebrities, special guests and the President of the United States during the 93rd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Members of the band gave insight in the preparations and overall excitement of the band during their visit to the nation’s capitol.
For the past 15 years, the annual re-enactment of the original Christmas Ship, Rouse Simmons, by Chicago’s maritime community and the Coast Guard has resurrected a storied tradition dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. People have come to know the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw as the modern day Christmas Ship, and some await its arrival the same way people did on the banks of the Chicago River more than 100 years ago.
A Christmas tree in honor of the Coast Guard stands in the vice president’s residence side-by-side with trees celebrating the other military branches. Coast Guard families had the opportunity to join with Dr. Jill Biden at a reception at the residence celebrating military families.
On most days, Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw keeps Great Lakes channels and harbors open to navigation to meet the region’s winter shipping needs. Saturday was not like most days. Mackinaw served once again as this year’s “Christmas Ship.” Loaded with more than 1,200 Christmas trees, the icebreaker played homage to an annual Chicago tradition from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Loaded with more than 1,300 Christmas trees from northern Michigan, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw once again served as Chicago’s Christmas Ship, continuing a tradition from the late 1800s in Chicago and resurrected 13 years ago. The original Christmas Ship, the schooner Rousse Simmons, made the same transit down Lake Michigan each year, bringing trees and wreaths to the people of Chicago. Setting up shop along the Chicago River in downtown, Capt. Herman Shuenamann and his crew became a well known and expected group as each Christmas season neared.
The well-known poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas tells the story of a man as he witnesses St. Nicholas, arriving in a sleigh pulled by eight reindeer, visiting his home on Christmas Eve. One Coast Guardsman, decades ago, decided to tell his own tale of the night before Christmas. But in true maritime tradition, this
A Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter is loaded with gifts in preparation for the Santa to the Villages outreach around Kodiak Island. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Jonathan Lally. Today, as young children the world over anticipate the arrival of Santa, children in Kodiak, Alaska look to the sky and the sea as they wait to