WHEREAS, the United States Coast Guard has courageously protected our country’s shores since August 4, 1790 and is the nation’s oldest continuous seafaring service; 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
WHEREAS, nearly three-quarters of Alaskans reside along our 47,300 miles of coastline. The Coast Guard is paramount 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 greatest assets, crucial to our economy, transportation, and leisure. We are grateful for the protection and quick response of the United States Coast Guard in keeping Alaskan waters safe and providing rescue services when necessary; and
WHEREAS, the 40,992 men and women of the United States Coast Guard embody and execute their motto “Semper Paratus” – always ready and prepared.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim August 4, 2021 as:
United States Coast Guard Appreciation Day
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize the honorable and devoted service faithfully provided by the United States Coast Guard and their families.