Liberty! Liberty! Liberty! The call you will hear on Eagle when liberty is being granted. Liberty is one of the coolest things because it means you are about to step foot into a city you never have before, and the first step you take off of the Eagle is the one that redefines you. As such, I am no longer going out as Keemiya Pourmonir. I am going out as a member of the United States Coast Guard. The weirdest experience is when someone calls me ma’am or thanks me for my service to our country.
My reaction? “What service? I have’t done anything yet?” But quickly I realized that choosing to serve is a service in itself. I still feel humbled at the mention of thanks and gratitude but I began to accept the idea that I have the opportunity to serve our country, that many don’t have the courage to accept. Liberty is going to restaurants, movies, and other community gatherings, but it is also giving the community a chance to get to know who we are and what we do as representatives of such a great service as the United States Coast Guard.
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