Coast Guard celebrates its 221st birthday

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Coast Guard men and women nationwide celebrated the service’s 221st birthday Thursday in a variety of ways.

The U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, predecessor of the modern-day U.S. Coast Guard, was established at the urging of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury. Hamilton’s Revenue Cutter Act authorized construction of the original 10 cutters of the Revenue Marine on Aug. 4, 1790.