Ketchikan is expected to recertify as a Coast Guard city.

Easy enough.

The First City did it for the first time on May 11, 2015, marking its decades-long bond with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard’s Ketchikan presence dates back to the early 20th century. The U.S. Lighthouse Service predated the Coast Guard, and the two merged under the Coast Guard in 1939.

The Coast Guard is an integral part of this marine community. Whether it’s with the leisure craft in the harbors or the working boats in the seafood, shipping and cruising industries, the Coast Guard is on the job for Ketchikan.

The Coast Guard provides and tends to navigation markers, it offers safety training, it responds to mayday calls and it rescues seamen in their darkest hours.

The men and women of the Coast Guard live in our neighborhoods, attend our churches, send their children to our schools, and volunteer their services as coaches and officials in any number of athletics both within and out of the school district.

They also invest their financial capital in the community, buying homes or buying property to build. They shop in our stores. They vote in our elections, and they contribute their talents to nonprofits and service organizations.

They contribute noticeably to Ketchikan, making Ketchikan a Coast Guard community whether it’s official or not.

But, to make it official, local government officials are working to recertify the application. Letters are being sought from Ketchikan businesses, showing their support for the Coast Guard here.

The specifics as to what the letters should address are listed on the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce website:  https://www.ketchikanchamber.com. As is the email address to which to send the letters.

The deadline is March 6. This gives us 10 days to respond. Let the writing begin.