I got my first glimpse of this magnificent ship in boot camp, San Diego 1972. It was so big I didn’t even know I was looking at a ship when I first saw it. Awe inspiring. I knew that’s where I wanted to be. I never made a tour on the Big E but I did manage 3 other Aircraft carriers. What a hoot and a half. Farewell Big E.
The U.S. Navy has had a boat named Enterprise since the American Revolutionary War. The first Enterprise belonged to the British before it was seized by America in 1775.
Seven boats carried the name Enterprise until in 1954, Congress agreed to build the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
Enterprise was built with 60,000 tons of steel; 1,500 tons of aluminium; 230 miles of pipe and 1,700 tons of welding rods. More than 800 companies provided materials for the boat which was worked on by 900 engineers.
Four years later, the ship, nicknamed The Big E, was set to launch and in October 1962, saw its first international action during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Following the 9/11 attacks, Enterprise headed to the North Arabian Sea to take a central role in Operation Enduring Freedom.
November 25, 2011 marked the remarkable boat's 50th birthday, making it the second oldest ship in the U.S. fleet after the U.S.S. Constitution.http://www.enterprise.navy.mil/
3 days to go for the Big Birthday Bash. The weather is predicted to be in the low 80’s and partly cloudy. Perfect. We are having to rethink the parade. TXDOT wants us to pull permits to allow golf carts on FM 2094 and we just don’t have the time. On to plan b. Looks like we’ll keep it on the Island but I think we might just get a Fire Truck! We are arranging a trailer for the kids to ride on so if you are interested let me know.
T-Shirts- The office will be open 30 minutes early and will stay open 30 minutes later so you can get your T-shirts earlier. If you can't make that we'll be at the Club House Friday from about 3 till 7 or so with your 50th T-Shirts. We’ll take cash or check.
And just in time for the parade:
Hey Allan, my daughter and some of her friends are going to Washington DC for the 5th grade trip this year. instead of just giving them the $ we are making them work for it, to show them you have to work for things you want. I was wondering if you could send out an email to the list of address you have letting everyone know they are going to be doing it this Friday from 4:00PM till dark or people stop showing up @ Jarbo Park. Thanks for the help.
From Neighbor Jim:
In addition to our little local celebration, Saturday November 10th, is the 237th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Sunday is Veterans Day.
GoDaddy.com is matching contributions, one for one, up to $1 million, to the Semper Fi Fund, which supports wounded warriors of ALL services, not just the Corps.
Please post this link to their Marine video and contribution site on the blog, in hopes that our CLS citizens can support this fine cause. These are the men and women at the point of the spear in Afganistan.
USMC 237th Birthday Tribute--Go Daddy.Com
From our Fire Chief:
Could each of you send a reminder out to the community to change the batteries in their smoke detectors and CO detectors from the Kemah Fire Department please. Also, please include our phone number (281-538-5727) if any assistance is needed or if any questions can be answerd by the fire department.
Kemah Fire Department
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead.