Cannot Believe I forgot about this!
On August 4th, 1790, the United States Coast Guard was founded by Alexander Hamilton. The brave men and women who honorably serve in the Guard have been protecting our coast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year ever since.
It’s easy to overlook the Coast Guard, and the other branches of the Armed Forces often crack jokes about it, but no one ever laughs when they’re in the water and the only thing between them and certain death are the men and women in the white and orange ship or chopper that’s racing towards them.
And a little known fact about the Guard, but it’s actually seen combat before. Coast Guardsmen piloted the landing craft at Normandy, Iwo Jima, and Guam, among other places. Sure, the Amry and Marines might have taken the beaches, but the Guard put them there. Don’t believe me? Ask the Marines.
To all of the men and women who have served or are serving in the United States Coast Guard, words cannot express my gratitude. Thank you for protecting our coastlines and our waters, and for coming to rescue those in desperate need even at the cost of your own lives. I salute you all.