National Coast Guard Day on August 4 celebrates and honors the courageous work of the service members of Coast Guard.
The United States Coast Guard is one of the five US Armed Forces. It is a maritime, military and multi-missioned service. It operates under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime. However, their responsibilities can be transferred to the US Navy by the President of the United States any time deemed necessary, or by Congress during war times.
Always ready, The United States Coast Guard’s official motto in Latin reads Semper Paratus.
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf coast of America, the US Coast Guard saved over 33,500 lives. Their maritime efforts rescued an estimated 24,000 lives from peril in severely dangerous conditions.
Since 1790, service members have been at the ready to provide support whatever the mission. Their commitment continues today.
HOW TO OBSERVE
In America, there are thousands of events nationwide for you to get involved in and show your support. Post on social media using #NationalCoastGuardDay.
The United States Coast Guard traces its founding to an act of Congress on August 4, 1790. The Coast Guard consisted of 10 vessels which carried out the enforcement of various trade and humanitarian duties.