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Tom Clark Gnome - Coastie

One of five Woodspirits showing their support for the brave men and women of the armed forces. Together, they salute the five branches of the United States military; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Each Woodspirit has pickets in front of him to symbolize that he stands behind "De-Fense." They were created during the Persian Gulf crisis February of 1991. Beginning in 1992, these fellows now don the patriotic red, white, and blue ribbons. This gnome displays the yellow ribbon to say to those who serve their country, "We're thinking of you and want you to come home soon.". The Coast Guard emblem decorates the front ofCoastie's fence and sea shells dot his base. Because their motto is "Sempter Paratus" ("Always Prepared"), Coastie keeps a lifesaver nearby. In peacetime the Coast Guard operates as a branch of the De- partment of the Treasury, but in wartime it becomes an active part of the U.S. Navy. Coastie has a pair of scissors to let you know that Coast Guard ships are called "cutters". His coin from the Connecticut Turnpike helps him travel to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

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