Thursday, August 04, 2011

Happy Birthday Coast Guard!

Today is the 221st birthday of the United States Coast Guard. My uncle, Ed Bernard, proudly served in this branch and so today we congratulate all current and past members and wish them safety as they serve and defend.

On August 4, 1790, President George Washington put pen to paper and created the Revenue Cutter Service. That service of “a few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws” has grown into America’s maritime first responder. For 221 years, the United States Coast Guard has protected Americans on the sea, protected America from threats delivered by sea and protected the sea itself.

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Interesting fact: The USCG is the only military service authorized to enforce laws within our borders and the only law enforcement agency authorized to enforce them outside the borders.

1 comment:

Mad Jack said...

My father served in the US Coast Guard during WW2. He was part of the mounted patrol in South Carolina and was then on isolated duty in the Aleutian Islands.

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