WHEREAS, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has courageously protected our country’s shores since August 4, 1790, and the Coast Guard is the nation’s oldest continuous seafaring service; and
WHEREAS, nearly three-quarters of Alaskans reside along our 47,300 miles of coastline, and so the Coast Guard is vital to maintaining safe waters and shores throughout Alaska; and
WHEREAS, the 17th District of the United States Coast Guard vows to serve and safeguard our vast and challenging waterways with 2,500 active duty, reserve, auxiliary, and civilian members defending our nation’s interests in the Alaskan region; and
WHEREAS, Alaskan waters are one of our state’s and country’s greatest assets, crucial to our economy, transportation, and leisure, so we are thankful for the protection and speedy response of the United States Coast Guard to keep Alaskan waters safe and to provide rescue services when necessary; and
WHEREAS, the honorable servicemen and women of the Coast Guard have been America’s maritime protector, defender, and shield for over two centuries, and they continue to embody and execute the USCG motto of Semper Paratus – always ready and prepared.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim August 4, 2023 as:
United States Coast Guard Appreciation Day
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize the honorable service faithfully provided by the United States Coast Guard members and their families.
Dated: August 4, 2023