When we think of the military branches we often leave out the Coast Guard. We think of them more as life saving and water safety, which they do, but the are also charged with protecting our shores during times of war and from drug runners, terrorism and any other threat from the water. They are a part of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard started out as the Revenue Cutter Service, charged with collecting duties from incoming merchant ships. They were formed August 4th, 1790. They became the U.S. Coast Guard service in 1915, during World War 2 they kept our shores safe from submarines while most of the landing craft vehicles were pilots by Coast Guard sailors.
How to celebrate – Thank a Coast Guard Service person when you see them for their service. Learn about the U.S Coast Guard. Visit a Coast Guard base when they are open to the public.