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Help Build the Coast Guard Museum
The Issue
The United States Coast Guard is our country's oldest seagoing military service, staying true to their motto, Semper Paratus or "Always Ready," for 229 years since 1790.  In spite of all that the Coast Guard does for our nation, it remains the only military service without a national museum through which to share its legacy and rich history with the American public. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 (Public Law 116-6) which was signed into law on February 15, 2019, provided $5 million to support the project but more help is needed to help raise funds for the museum.  

A Solution
The Navy League is asking for more cosponsors of H.R. 1257 and S. 509, the United States Coast Guard Commemorative Coin Act of 2019.  At no cost to the taxpayer, this bicameral, bipartisan legislation directs the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a total of 1.35 million $5 gold, $1 silver, and half-dollar commemorative coins in the year 2020.  The proceeds after subtracting the cost of designing and issuing the coins will be allocated to the National Coast Guard Museum Association to aid in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the National Coast Guard Museum to be located in New London, CT. 

Tremendous progress has been made in preparing the museum for construction and once open, it will be free and open to the public.  For more on the museum, please visit: www.coastguardmuseum.org.

Why you should take action
Many Navy League members and friends have already expressed a strong interest in procuring the coins and are enthusiastic about one day visiting the National Coast Guard Museum.  The continued support of Congress and passage of this bill is vital if these aspirations are to become reality.

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