6 1/2" Round
The United States
Coast Guard first began maritime duties in August 1790 when
Congress passed Alexander Hamilton's "Revenue Act." Known
originally as the Revenue Cutter Service, the Coast Guard
gradually assumed the responsibilities of four other agencies:
the Lighthouse Service, the Steamboat Inspection Service, the
Bureau of Navigation, and the Lifesaving Service.
emblem for the organization was established in August 1799, when
Secretary of the Treasury, Oliver Wolcott announced that the
distinguishing ensign would consist of "16 perpendicular
stripes, alternate red and white, the union of the ensign to be
the arms of the United States in a dark blue on a white field."
The 16 stripes symbolized the number of States in the union when
the emblem was adopted.
Guard is a “military, multimission, maritime service” protecting
the American public, environment and economic interests. The
modern emblem bears the color red to signify the sacrifice of
blood, blue for justice and white to symbolize the unending
quest for purity and integrity.