224th Birthday of the United States Coast Guard


WHEREAS, on August 4, 1790, Congress established the United States Revenue Cutter Service (USRCS) upon the recommendation of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton; and

WHEREAS, in 1915, the USRCS merged with the United States Lifesaving Service and became the United States Coast Guard; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Coast Guard, a branch of the military, a maritime law enforcement agency, and a federal regulatory agency, has a local, regional, national, and international presence; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Coast Guard conducts rescue missions, prevents crime, facilitates commerce, and protects the natural resources of the U.S coastline; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is made up of 1,136 volunteers, and provides safety checks, harbor patrols, safe boating courses, search and rescue, and maritime environmental protection; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is proud to be home to 3,700 Coast Guard retirees and more than 9,520 Active Duty Coast Guard members and their families; and

WHEREAS, the celebration of the 224th Birthday of the United States Coast Guard is an opportunity to honor the sacrifices and great achievements made by members of the U.S. Coast Guard;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 4, 2014, as the 224TH BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.