Often the forgotten branch of our military, the Coast Guard was formed on August 4th, 1790 with 10 Cutters. They are charged with protecting our shores and waterways here in the United States. In later history they have become the life saving system for those on the water and the force policing the drug traffic being brought in via our ports and beaches. These brave men and women risk their lives nearly daily to keep the rest of us safe in so many ways. Originally called the Revenue Cutter Service, it was changed in 1915 to the U.S. Coast Guard.
How to celebrate – Thank a Coast Guard service person. Visit a Coast Guard base. Learn all the Coast Guard is responsible for.
Today we celebrate the birth of the Marine Corp on November 10th, 1775. Back then they were called the Continental Marines, their main duty – keep the enemy from boarding the and capturing the small Continental Navy ships. Over the years, Congress has tried desperately to get rid of the Marines, until they realized that they were the reason we were winning wars. Their numbers have always been kept low and their training among the best in the world. They are generally the first to land during any conflict, and the last to defend even when all hope is gone. We owe a lot to the Marine Corp. The few, the proud, the Marines. Semper Fi.
How to celebrate – Thank any Marine you see for their service. Study the conflicts the Marines have been involved in. Visit the National Marine Museum in Virginia.
We celebrate all the fallen today that have served our country in military service. It was begun after the Civil War as families went of decorate the graves of those who had fallen. It was commonly known as Decoration Day until 1882 when it became Memorial Day. It always fell on May 30th regardless of the day of the week but in 1971 Congress made Memorial Day the last Monday of May so that families, and government workers, could have a three day weekend. Just something wrong with that… the idea we should all have an extra day when those we are celebrating had no extras days themselves. But I suppose it makes it easier for families to travel where they need to go to pay honor to their fallen family members.
How to celebrate – Remember the reason for the day. Pay homage to those who have given you all that you have. Study your family tree to find out the soldiers who served you directly.