I ride the Staten Island Ferry on a daily basis to and from work. We ferry riders have our own personal protectors in the form of the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard boats ride alongside the ferry in a public show of strength and patriotism. I love seeing them and I can tell that alot of the tourists do as well. They not only give me a sense of security, but also provide a patriotic view that makes me proud to be an American and proud to be a New Yorker. The sight of the men and women standing tall and straight on the boat ready and willing to do what may one day be necessary makes my chest swell with pride. These pics give you an idea of just what I am talking about . . . just beautiful!
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