I was researching the month of August earlier today, getting a jump on important days, anniversaries, birthdays, basically trying to prevent any disasters personally, and came across National Coast Guard Day, which is on the 4th of August, just over a week from now. It made me realize how little I knew about our US Coast Guard, so I dug in and found some pretty interesting tidbits I thought I’d share.
The biggest surprise for me was that it’s actually a lot older than our US Navy! We Did technically have a Navy before a Coast Guard, but after the Revolutionary War the government disbanded the organization and sold off all the ships. It wasn’t until 1797 that the Navy was fully reestablished, while the Coast Guard was created in 1790 and has been an uninterrupted military figure ever since.
The difference between the Coast Guard and the rest of the military (which it technically is) is who controls it. Four branches of the military are controlled by the Dept. of Defense, while the Coast Guard is under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Homeland Security. That’s because, despite Coast Guard members being all over the world, a major part of their purpose is indeed to protect the Coasts of our country and any US controlled waters. In some instances they even serve as water police for the US.
And while they’re the smallest branch of the military, their heart and the commitment to this country and its safety is just as intense as any other sector and the pride felt by the Coast Guard is no less intense. I can say this with confidence as I see just how many Coast Guard military lapel pins leave our facility every week.
So Saturday the 4th of August, take a moment to thank those in the Coast Guard, because they literally keep us safe home and abroad, and are one of the first lines of defense when it comes to homeland security. And if you’re a collector of military memorabilia, your collection will certainly not be complete without a set of coast guard military lapel pins, so make sure you’re paying homage to all five branches of our fantastic US Military!