A hearty thanks and a big congratulations to the U.S. Coast Guard, as the esteemed service celebrates 225 years of service to the nation this August.
The United States Coast Guard traces its roots to well over two hundred years ago, with a past that moved alongside many firsts and important milestones in American history. Borne of a proposal by the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, they were initially tasked with collecting revenues. President George Washington would then sign a bill passed by the first Congress, authorizing the building of cutters that would be tasked with preventing smuggling and enforcing laws on trade. The Revenue Marine, later to be known as Revenue Cutter Service, was then established within the Treasury Department in 1790.
By 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service would be merged with the US Lifesaving Service, forming the Coast Guard. The years would see even more additions: the US Lighthouse Service in 1939, and the Steamboat Inspection Service in 1946. The Coast Guard would also be transferred to different departments; in 1967, they became part of the Department of Transportation and in 2003, they saw a transfer to the Department of Homeland Security.
Today’s Coast Guard sees its purpose as being America’s Maritime Guardian – looking after the country’s maritime interests domestically and all over the world. The Coast Guard’s 42,000 active duty men and women embody their motto of Semper Paratus, or “Always Ready.”
The U.S. Coast Guard marks August 4th as its anniversary – a birthday actually shared with President Barack Obama, who had sent a letter of greetings and gratitude to the Coast Guard on July 28th. Also honoring the USCG? The U.S. Postal Service, which had released a new Forever stamp during a USCG ceremony in Washington. They had previously issued stamps in honor of the USCG before, in 1945 marking the USCG’s contributions in WWII, and also in 1965. Festivities were held in other parts of the country as well. In New York, for example, a reenactment of the Coast Guard’s founding was held at Federal Hall on Wall Street, featuring actors dressed as Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, and performances by the Coast Guard band.
Kemplon Engineering joins a grateful country in honoring the brave men and women of the US Coast Guard on their 225th anniversary. Thank you for your service, and may the coming years bring you ever more achievements and success.
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