Happy Birthday, Coast Guard!
Happy Birthday, Coast Guard! August 4th is National Coast Guard Day, and we at Coastal Charms want to say Thank You for all that you do!
Protector of our coasts and ports, rescuer of those lost at sea, enforcer of maritime law, and guardian of marine environments, the United States Coast Guard has been a piece of American history for longer than you may realize. While that may be a fancy way of saying they’re old, we think it’s pretty awesome that the U.S.C.G. has been around for so long.
Along with their storied past, there’s a lot to know about the United States Coast Guard. Get to know our maritime heroes on National Coast Guard Day this August 4th!
That’s Not My Name
The Coast Guard wasn’t always so-called. From 1790 to 1915 the fleet that sailed the seas was known as the Revenue Service Cutters, and their main purpose was to enforce the first tariff laws enacted in the nation. In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson merged the Revenue Cutters with the existing U.S. Life-Saving Service, and the Coast Guard was born.
We Were Here First
Since the United States Navy was not established until 1798, the Revenue Cutters/Life-Savers were our country’s first armed force on the open seas. Previously, the fleet dedicated its time and resources to fighting pirates and smugglers. With the creation of the Navy, however, the U.S.C.G. were able to turn their attention to guarding the coasts and ports, saving lives at sea, enforcing maritime law, and protecting delicate marine environments.
Been There, Fought That
The United States Coast Guard has literally been involved in EVERY armed conflict of American history since 1970 - that’s a lot of battles! Beginning with the privateers of the 1700s, the War of 1812, World War II, Vietnam, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and into the present with Operation Iraqi Freedom. We owe these guys so much!
Thank you United States Coast Guard, for your years of service not just for Americans, but also for the marine life that you protect!