On Sunday August 4, the United States Coast Guard will celebrate its 223rd year in existence, so we at the Coast Guard Foundation want to wish the service a very happy birthday, and many more to come. (We swear, you don't look a day over 220 years old.)
According to military.com, the Coast Guard was initially formed by Congress as the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790 "to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling." Eventually, in 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service and the Life-Saving Service were joined to create the U.S. Coast Guard. In its history, the Coast Guard has saved 1 million lives, making the oceans a safer place, and keeping our country protected from foreign threats.
Please join us in wishing the Coast Guard a happy birthday.
As the Coast Guard has kept America safe for many years, the Coast Guard Foundation has been there to support those men and women who wear the uniform, providing education, support and relief to help them excel on and off duty. For more than 40 years, the Coast Guard Foundation has helped serve as a lifeline to the brave individuals of the service when they need help the most.
From a fleet of just 10 vessels dedicated to protecting the shores of a newborn nation, the Coast Guard's mission has grown exponentially to include guarding against terrorism, search and rescue operations, and enforcing maritime law. This video shows the difficult challenge our modern day Coast Guard faces, and the skill and professionalism with which is members meet their task.