SAINT AUGUSTINE – During World War II, the St. Augustine Lighthouse stood as a protective beacon against the threat of a German U-boat attack. Despite dimming the light at the Light Station, the United States Coast Guard (USCG), under the direction of the Department of the Navy, stood on armed watch at the top of the tower. Living in black out conditions, residents of Anastasia Island welcomed the Coast Guardsmen (Coasties) and Female Coast Guard personnel (SPARS) as they came from around the nation to train in St. Augustine. Acting as a USCG training center, recruits enjoyed our local culture, cuisine and recreational activities offered in St. Augustine.
Constructed in late 1941 and early 1942 in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Coast Guard Barracks played a vital role in the defense of St. Augustine and the United States. Now in its 75th year, the Coast Guard Barracks is in need of restoration. The St. Augustine Lighthouse has support from the State of Florida for part of the restoration, but help is still needed to fund remaining construction and exhibit costs which include 1186 artifacts and photos to display.
“Bonds” for Barracks!
You’ve heard the saying, “’tis better to give than to receive”. Perhaps you’ve even said it to your children after reviewing their holiday wish list. This season, give a gift that gives back. Buy a “Bond” to help support the Barracks Restoration. Like the real financial war bonds sold during World War II to raise money for the war effort, these “bonds” provide the opportunity for you to participate in the restoration efforts of our WWII Barracks and also show your patriotism to the people who served in World War II. All you have to do is make a gift to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum before the end of the year and you’ll not only enjoy the satisfaction that comes from helping us save an important historical structure, but you’ll also receive a tax break next April.
You can purchase “Bonds” for Barracks to support this initiative by contacting Michelle Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss other giving options like Life Insurance, Appreciated Stock, and/or Personal Property.
Lighthouse staff will work with individuals and tax or legal advisors to help you meet year-end giving goals and receive the gift of knowing you’ve made a difference – and earned a helpful tax break.
Fair winds and following seas!