Coast Guard Day honors the courageous work of coast guards. When Hurricane Katrina struck the Atlantic coast of America, the US Coast Guardsmen saved over 33,500 lives, an estimated 24,000 of these were rescued from peril in severely dangerous conditions.
In America, there are thousands of events nation-wide for you to get involved in and show your support. In the UK, although not directly associated with HM Coast Guard, the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) are a charity organization with the sole aim of rescuing those in distress at sea. They launch over 6500 times a year, and have saved over 134,000 lives since their founding.
Pakistan Coast Guard Day is celebrated on September 8.
U.S. COAST GUARD BIRTHDAY TIMELINE
Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, founded the Revenue Marine — which later became the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Revenue Cutter Service and U.S. Life Saving Service merged to form a single maritime entity called the U.S. Coast Guard.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security took over jurisdiction following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
4 SEAWORTHY FACTS ABOUT THE U.S. COAST GUARD
The oldest serving Coast Guard member was 105
Anthony Christy, who manned the Christiana Lighthouse in Delaware, died while on duty in 1862.
High standards for U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers
The qualifying criteria is so tough that 50% of applicants fail every year.
A dog served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II
Sinbad was an official member of the crew, complete with his uniform, his own bunk, and paperwork.
U.S. Coast Guard tracks movements of icebergs
The U.S. Coast Guard is a part of the International Ice Patrol, which monitors and reports movements of icebergs around the world.
U.S. COAST GUARD BIRTHDAY DATES