In 1790, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, approved the creation of a Revenue Cutter Service to enforce tariff laws. This service developed into the Coast Guard and is currently tasked with responsibilities that serve the United States twenty-four-seven.
August 4, 1790 marks the date of Hamilton’s approval. Today, it is observed as US Coast Guard Day to honor these stalwart individuals. While primarily an internal holiday for service personnel and their families, numerous events are held across the country to celebrate this branch of Homeland Security.
The US Coast Guard is committed to strictly enforcing maritime law and saving lives. In times of natural disasters, they move inland to assist with rescue and repair efforts.
Thanks in part to their efforts, over thirty-three thousand lives were saved after Katrina devastated the Gulf in 2005. Whether saving sailors lost at sea or civilian lives in times of peril, the U.S. Coast Guard stands ready to serve.