With the U.S. declaring war against Great Britain in 1812, Revenue Service cutters, the forerunner of the Coast Guard, set sail to assist with war efforts. As they would in future American conflicts, the revenue cutters went in harm’s way and participated in some of the first encounters of the war.
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But today – while seemingly familiar in sight and sound – was far from typical. Today marks 224 years of exceptional service by the men and women of America’s Coast Guard. It was Aug. 4, 1790, when President George Washington signed an act bringing to life ten cutters “to be employed for the protection of the revenue.” Alexander Hamilton first conceptualized these cutters as a viable asset for the country; at the time, he wrote, “a few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws.”
This holiday season, a handful of Coast Guard members are diligently working on preparations for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 21, 2013. Eight Coast Guardsmen, four active duty and four reserve members, are assigned to the Joint Task Force – National Capital Region.