Coast Guard kicks off 225 years of Service to Nation

Aug. 4, 2015 marks the 225th birthday of the United States Coast Guard. Throughout the year, we’ll be unveiling a series of blog posts and other events that mark this important milestone. Stay tuned to learn more about the Coast Guard’s 225 years of Service to Nation and join the celebration!

225 Years of Service to Nation


We celebrate our legacy. 2015 marks 225 years of the U.S. Coast Guard’s lifesaving legacy. As we honor our milestone birthday, we have the opportunity and responsibility to reflect and remember who we are, how we operate and where we started. Today’s Coast Guard is more complex, vital and versatile than ever; no one else can do what we do. Remember that what we do today – our missions, our accomplishments, our devotion to duty – has evolved from what we’ve done.

The Coast Guard traces its history to Aug. 4, 1790.  On that date, President George Washington signed a law that authorized construction of 10 revenue cutters, and under the leadership of Alexander Hamilton established our earliest fleet of cutters and the incarnation of the modern Coast Guard.  While many have noted that 2015 is also the centennial of the service’s present name, the Coast Guard’s roots were planted 225 years ago and we celebrate all 225 years of that journey, and the complex evolution as a service.  We have always been an adaptable service, meeting the operating demands of a complex, diverse and rapidly changing world.

We celebrate our partnerships.  Everyone is invited to this birthday party. When we talk about the Coast Guard, its history and its missions, we also highlight the history and growth of the towns, states and waterways where we serve. The locally based, nationally deployed nature of our work as Coast Guard men and women provides us the privilege to interface with the maritime communities in which we operate. We are service members, and we are neighbors. The Coast Guard’s readiness and mission success stem from our ties with law enforcement, other military services, federal and international partners, and state and local governments. Take time to commemorate this birthday hand in hand with our neighbors and host communities.  In reaching out into our communities, we honor the Coast Guard’s long history and rich heritage by enhancing the understanding of our missions.

We celebrate how far we have come as a service.  We are more diverse and inclusive than at any point in our history. Men and women share equal opportunities for career growth and serve in all operational specialties and leadership positions. The Coast Guard’s strength resides in its people and the different perspectives, talents and abilities they bring to the Service and our diversity and inclusion allows us to be Semper Paratus. We grow from the ideas and viewpoints of a workforce that reflects the richness of American society.

A number of national-level outreach events, including Coast Guard City celebrations, Coast Guard Band concerts, Coast Guard Honor Guard performances, and the unveiling of the Coast Guard “Forever” Stamp will mark our birthday throughout the year. We encourage service members, families, auxiliary and veterans to further engage with the communities where we live and serve, highlighting our interdependence and growth together — as a service, as a nation, and as communities — over the last 225 years.

If you have questions about the Coast Guard’s 225th birthday celebration, please feel free to contact us via email!

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