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New stamp honors Coast Guard on its anniversary

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Coast Guard personnel stand outside the Washington, DC, headquarters building before the Aug. 4 ceremony.

The Postal Service dedicated a stamp Aug. 4 to honor the Coast Guard, the Armed Forces branch marking its 225th anniversary this year.

“Those who live in a coastal community, or spend time on our waterways and shores, know that the Coast Guard does whatever it takes to ensure that they are safe and protected,” PMG Megan Brennan said at the ceremony in Washington, DC.

During an average day, the Coast Guard assists more than 300 people in distress and saves more than $2 million in property.

Personnel also board 90 large vessels for port safety checks and investigate more than a dozen marine accidents during an average day.

The stamp shows two icons of the Coast Guard: the cutter Eagle, a three-masted sailing ship known as “America’s Tall Ship,” and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, the Coast Guard’s standard rescue aircraft.

The dedication ceremony also featured remarks from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft, among others.

The stamp can be purchased online and at Post Offices nationwide.

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