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A Service Member’s First Veterans Day

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link   All Posts
Corbett Photo Every year I would sit in my high school and watch as Veterans Day would come and go. My school invited roughly 100 veterans and active duty to talk to the students and eat lunch with them. When I accepted my appointment here I thought, “Maybe one day that’ll be me!” When the invitation to attend this year’s events came from an old teacher I responded without delay. Next thing you know I am standing in front of a class of sophomores being introduced as Cadet Corbett from the Coast Guard. I was worried I would not know what to tell the curious minds that wondered about my presence; how just last year I was in the hallways with them, that tall senior. Standing there, talking became easy. I talked of what the Coast Guard does and how little I have done physically, yet how much I have done emotionally. Committing to a service and going through the indoctrination program alone shows a lot of skills and assets such as random things I picked up in my high school days like discipline, or time management, even stress management. I was able to put myself in the student’s seat and tell them what I would want to hear as a student. I told the ridiculous summer stories, and of course about Eagle, things a sophomore in high school finds mysterious and wonderful. I talked with pride of what I have done and what I plan to do. It was my first Veterans Day as a service member, a day I will not let slip from my memory.

 

 


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