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.