Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said he hopes U.S. Coast Guard members know the city supports them as National Coast Guard Day on August 4 approaches.

Mobile was designated as a "Coast Guard City" on July 2, 2004. The designation came because of the city's special efforts to acknowledge the work of the Coast Guard. Only 29 other cities across the nation are considered Coast Guard Cities.

Stimpson said hundreds of Coast Guardsmen call Mobile home, and he hopes they feel supported by local leaders and citizens.

"I want to thank all the men and women serving our community in the Coast Guard," Stimpson said. "Earlier this week, representatives from Sector Mobile, the Project Resident Office, the Aviation Training Center and the Gulf Strike Team joined us to accept a proclamation recognizing National Coast Guard Day in the City of Mobile. If you see them or their fellow Coast Guardsman this week, I hope you'll thank them for their service as well."

Mobile has three major Coast Guard commands: Sector Mobile, the Aviation Training Center and the Gulf Strike Team.

"That relationship is something we're very proud of," Stimpson continued. "It makes Mobile safer and the U.S. Coast Guard stronger."

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