August 4th U.S. Coast Guard Day

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.

August 4th U.S. Coast Guard Day

The Coast Guard was formed with 10 Cutters on August 4th, 1790. Back then it was called the Revenue Cutter Service and it’s design was to collect revenue from ships coming into port and to protect the home waters of the then original 13 Colonies. In 1915 the name was changed to the U.S. Coast Guard which not only protected the United States home waters but began saving the lives of those in danger on the seas. With the formation of Homeland Security being formed on 2002 the Coast Guard has taken on even more duties and, of course, many more states to protect.

How to celebrate – Read about the Coast Guard history. Read about the convoy duties the Coast Guard had during World War 2. Visit a Coast Guard base. (If they will allow you on base.)