226th Birthday of the United States Coast Guard


WHEREAS, on August 4, 1790, the United States Coast Guard was created by Alexander Hamilton and the leadership from the newly formed United States Congress; and

WHEREAS, in 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the Lifesaving Service by congressional action; and

WHEREAS, with a fleet of more than 100 boats and 15 cutters in the Commonwealth, the U.S. Coast Guard prevents crime, facilitates commerce, and conducts rescue missions; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is proud to be home to more than 21,500 active duty Coast Guard, reservists and their family members at six stations and two major installations that employ more than 2,200 civilians; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Coast Guard is an important presence in the local, regional, national, and global community, and today we recognize those who sacrifice to keep our country safe; and

WHEREAS, we honor those who serve in the U.S. Coast Guard, a unique branch of the military that serves as a maritime law enforcement agency and a federal regulatory agency;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 4, 2016, asthe 226th BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.