William H. Ezell New London
Theodore Bodenwein, the brave Republican rescuer of The Day in 1881, with it's proper Mare Liberum/Vox Libera and proud, three-masted barque logo atop Page 1, would be very proud, as are the many of us old sailors and civilian patriots who witnessed last weekend's historic event in New London, done so well with a minimum of political flavor.
Much credit is due the organizers, and especially The Day for its pictorial and editorial coverage. It was good for the morale of the area and a temporary economic boost for eateries and merchants.
Of course the highlight of the fest was the return of the great U.S. Coast Guard barque the Eagle, under near-full sail, entering the harbor with it's proud crew and upper-class cadets manning the complex rigging, followed by our proud Navy and Marines on the USS Carter Hall.
The Coast Guard Academy is one of our nation's and New London's proudest assets, as demonstrated in academic achievement.
But now that our proper remembrance to the war of 1812 is over our country must turn to the serious business of stronger national security, to ensure that the law of the sea is not managed by the U.N. and lost, as we did the Panama Canal.