The U.S. Consulate General, Merida celebrates World Oceans Day in Cozumel with the U.S. Coast Guard and the winners of the Children’s Art Contest

To celebrate World Oceans Day, the U.S. Consulate General in Merida offered a special tour of the U.S. Coast Guard Eagle Cutter ship to the winners of the Cozumel Children’s Art Contest on the Environment.

Since 2008, the United Nations has recognized June 8 as World Oceans Day. On this day we celebrate the almost three quarters of our planet that is ocean.  No matter where we live, we all depend on our ocean for the food we eat and the air we breathe.

During the tour, the winners learned the importance of protecting the oceans. The U.S. Coast Guard took the children on a tour of the boat and explained the work they do around the world.

The Coast Guard Ship “Cutter Eagle” arrived in Cozumel on Saturday June 7 as part of their 2014 cadet summer training. Built in 1936 in Germany, the Eagle was taken as war reparation at the end of World War II by the United States and re-commissioned as a coast guard cutter.    Visit the Eagle’s website for more information about this famous barque. Consul General Sonya Tsiros congratulated the winners of the Children Art Contest for their work raising awareness of environmental issues on the island of Cozumel

During their stay, 26 Coast Guard cadets volunteered for the City of Cozumel by painting dining rooms and lounges at the Cozumel Agency for Integral Family Development, promoting community service and good relations between the United States and Mexico.

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