San Diego was designated as the nation’s largest “Coast Guard City” during a Feb. 23 ceremony in California’s southernmost city. The title was placed upon San Diego with congressional approval.
“The designation is predicated on San Diego’s ability to erect monuments to the Coast Guard, organize civic celebrations and offer special recognition and support U.S. Coast Guard morale, welfare and recreational initiatives,” a media advisory released by the Coast Guard stated. “The very nature of the Coast Guard’s mission creates a need for understanding between the Coast Guard and the local community. Coast Guard commands seek to develop the kinds of relationships that enable unit commanders to sense public attitudes and interests.”
In all there are 21 Coast Guard City designations across the country, including Alameda, Eureka and, now, San Diego. The complete list of Coast Guard City designations can be found here.