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Tom Clark Gnome - Swabbie

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 will don patriotic red, white, and blue ribbons. For now, however, they each display a yellow ribbon to say to those who serve their country, "We're thinking of you and want you to come home soon.". The U.S. Navy emblem in front of Swabbie reminds him of his favorite marching song, "Anchors Aweigh." The seashells and shark's tooth are souvenirs from sailors, or bluejackets, who joined the Navy to see the world. Swabbie found a button from a naval officer's uniform, and a coin depicting a ram, the mascot of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Behind Swabbie is a commemorative coin honoring one of the Navy's most famous ships, the "Constitution", nicknamed "Old IronSides". His dime shows Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Under Secretary of the Navy during World War I, and a sailor's favorite word: Liberty.

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