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WHEREAS, on August 4, 1790, the newly formed United States Congress created what would become the Revenue Cutter Service to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling; and
WHEREAS, in 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the United States Life-Saving Service by congressional action, thus forming the modern U.S. Coast Guard; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is proud to be home to nearly 6,000 U.S. Coast Guard active duty, Reserve, and civil service members, and their families—the most of any state; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is the home to the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Headquarters, Fifth District Command, Coast Guard Director of Operational Logistics, Coast Guard Force Readiness Command, and seven major installations—including Sector Virginia; and
WHEREAS, with six boat stations, and a fleet of 15 cutters in the Commonwealth, the U.S. Coast Guard enforces laws and treaties, facilitates commerce, conducts rescue missions, protects our environment, and deploys for national defense operations; and
WHEREAS, serving with honor, respect, and devotion to duty, the U.S. Coast Guard is a singular 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 national defense, maritime law enforcement, and federal regulatory military service;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize August 4, 2021, as the 231ST BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.