August 4th National U.S. Coast Guard Day
Today, in 1790, Congress created the Revenue Cutter Service designed to collect tariffs for the government. At first ten ships were ordered and expected to collect tariffs all along the seaboard. As the years continued the Service became the Coast Guard, in 1915, with the duty of protecting the shoreline of America from enemies, both domestic and foreign. Their duties now include rescue and aide to any in need. Though they are often forgotten as a branch of the military, they are equal too.
How to celebrate – Visit a Coast Guard base, make sure it’s open to the public. Thank any Coast Guard service personal you see for their service. Read about the history of the Coast Guard.