Sunday, 27 May 2012

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

 The lighthouses of the beautiful and dangerous wilderness coast of Washington are some of the greatest engineering stories of the late 1800’s. Building lighthouses here required extraordinary ingenuity, courage and strength - this is an area of huge waves, high winds, towering cliff faces, rolling sand dunes and pounding surf. Whaling and fishing were major industries and provided some of the impetus for lighthouse building.
Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 3.7 million athletes in more than 170 countries. Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in Chicago in 1968, Special Olympics organizes the Special Olympics World Games every two year alternating between summer and winter events
The US Postal Service issued an 80-cent commemorative Special Olympics stamp on February 13, 2003 celebrating the 2003 Special Olympics World Games in Dublin, Ireland. This was the first time the Games were held outside of the United States. The adhesive stamp depicts an athlete wearing a medal celebrating by jumping high in the air. The Special Olympics logo is shown above the athlete's head.
The first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held in Chicago, Illinois, in 1968. The first International Special Olympics Winter Games were held in February 1977 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
The most recent Special Olympics World Summer Games -- held June 25-July 4, 2011 in Athens, Greece -- involved more than 6,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from over 170 countries. The next Special Olympics global event will be the World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, starting in January 2013.

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