From being a heavily armed military force to being a volunteer organization with search and rescue, coast guard or coastguard is a maritime security organization of a particular country. A coast guard’s functions are distinct from those of the navy and the transit police. On the request of Alexander Hamilton as the Revenue-Marine Created it was created by the U.S. Congress on 4 August 1790. It is the oldest continuous seagoing service of the United States.Coast Guard Day or U.S. Coast Guard Day is celebrated annually on 4 August to commemorate the establishment of the United States Coast Guard. In This article let us read about the history, quotes and celebration of Coast Guard Day.
History of Coast Guard Day 2021 – August 04, 2021
Read below to know about the history of Coast Guard Day
- The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is the maritime security, search and rescue, and law enforcement service branch of the United States Armed Forces.
- It is one of the country’s eight uniformed services.
- The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service having a maritime law enforcement mission with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters.
- It operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the U.S. Department of the Navy under the Department of Defense by the U.S. President at any time, or by the U.S. Congress during times of war.
- Coast Guard Day is annually celebrated on August 4 to commemorate the establishment of the United States Coast Guard as the Revenue Marine on August 4, 1790.
- The founder of the United States Coast Guard is the then Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.
- On August 4, 1970, U.S. Congress, guided by Hamilton, authorized the building of a fleet of the first ten Revenue Service cutters, whose responsibility would be enforcement of the first tariff laws enacted by the U.S. Congress under the U.S. Constitution.
- As of 2018, the Coast Guard had 40,992 active duty personnel, 7,000 reservists, 8,577 full-time civilian employees, and 31,000 auxiliary members for a total workforce of 87,569.
- The Coast Guard maintains an extensive fleet of 243 coastal and ocean-going patrol ships, tenders, tugs, icebreakers, and 1,650 smaller boats, as well as an aviation division consisting of 201 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
- The U.S. Coast Guard is the second smallest of the U.S. military service branches in terms of membership.
- The U.S. Coast Guard by itself was the world’s 12th largest naval force in 2018.
Coast Guard Day Celebrations 2021
Let us check on few activities of coast guard day celebrations
1. Read books about the history and life of coast guard
Spend some time to read about the coast guards of your country. Get to know about their lifestyle and sacrifices. Brief about it to the young ones at home. Understanding and appreciating coast guard is the least we can do for their sacrifices to protect the nation
2. Post messages on social media with hash tag on #CoastGuardDay
Send wishes online to the coast guards across the nation. Write messages along to appreciate their work. Show some love and gratitude to them for their sacrifices to protect the nation
3. Be a part of an event
Many events will be conducted by the nation to honor the coast guards of the country. As youth and a community member you can be a part of it and show support. Share information about the same to family and friends and involve them too to be a part of the Coast guard day events of your country.
4. Visit coast guard museum
Plan a family visit to the nearby coast guard museum. Get yourself to learn more about the facts and history. Enjoy the tour, take some pictures, post it on social media and encourage the world to also learn more about it and show support
5. Send greetings to the retired coast guards.
If you know anyone who worked as a coast guard or anyone who was a part of that team then do send them greetings and appreciation cards. Try to visit them and hear about their experiences if possible. Share their experience to others. let them be heard and appreciated by many.
6. Watch movies featuring the coast guard.
If you check online you can get a complete list of movies that features coast guard. Plan a movie time with your family and friends on this day. Enjoy the movie and also learn about the same. One can also listen to the U.S Coast guard band and enjoy the same.
Coast Guard Day 2021 Quotes
Read below a few quotes on Coast Guard Day.
- Those who served, and those who continue to serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, and we can never forget the importance of their commitment to our Nation. Robin Hayes
- “We do this job because every once in a while someone is out there without hope, desperately praying for their life, and we get to be the answer.”-
- “Those of us who have never been in the military don’t understand what it is like to serve in the military.” –
- “Real heroes don’t wear capes. Real superheroes wear uniforms and badges and stethoscopes! Real superheroes are members of our military, law enforcement, and first responders. Pretend superheroes wear capes!”- Dean Cain
- “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “The Coast Guard has long been known as the armed service that gets more done for less.”- Howard Coble
- “You can’t kill your way to success in a counter insurgency effort. You have to protect the people, get the civil military balance right, train the locals, and practice effective strategic communications.”- James G.
- “The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.”- James Anthony Froude
- “The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they’re protecting us.”- Tom Clancy
- “There is no doubt that America remains the premier political, economic, military power in the world, and I both expect and count on it remaining so, because I think that’s certainly in our best interest but also the best interests of the world.”- Hillary Clinton
On this day take time to appreciate those working for the welfare and the security of the Nation. Happy Coast Guard Day!!