Many of you know Gary and I live in an RV park located on the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida. As indicated in my post ‘Moment of Silence‘, NAS is home to the Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron.
Per wikipendia.org –
The air station also hosts the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI), which provides training for all naval flight surgeons, aviation physiologists, and aviation experimental psychologists. With the closure of Naval Air Station Memphis in Millington, Tennessee and the transition of that facility to Naval Support Activity Mid-South, NAS Pensacola also became home to the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), providing technical training schools for nearly all enlisted aircraft maintenance and enlisted aircrew specialties in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard.
NAS Pensacola contains Forrest Sherman Field, home of Training Air Wing SIX, providing undergraduate flight training for all prospective Naval Flight Officers for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, and flight officers/navigators for other NATO/Allied/Coalition partners. TRAWING SIX consists of the Training Squadron 4 (VT-4) Warbucks, Training Squadron 10 (VT-10) Wildcats and Training Squadron 86 (VT-86) Sabrehawks, flying the T-45C Goshawk, and T-6A Texan II.
NAS is home to many military and civilian personal who live and work on or near the base. Every day I witness young enlisted individuals training and I view them coming and going to their classes and/or jobs. Interactions with these individuals are always pleasant and respectful.
NAS is a large base; spread-out and therefore has many speakers located for communication. These speakers are also used for reveille.
merriam-webster.com has the following –
Full Definition of reveille
: a signal to get up mornings
: a bugle call at about sunrise signaling the first military formation of the day; also: the formation so signaled
In the mornings after reveille, the National Anthem is played. In the United States, we play the National Anthem before sporting events and sometimes other types of activities where large amounts of people are gathered. I would acknowledge the song and maybe sing along with it or, maybe not. Since living at NAS, that has changed; I feel differently when I hear this song now. The song has more meaning for me. Why?
No matter where on the base one is – when the National Anthem is played in the morning or evening, everyone stops what they are doing and gives their attention. Military personal both active and retired salute and civilians with their hand on their heart. My heart pounds as I am stopped in my tracks and begin singing the National Anthem – what an honor.
The National Anthem has new meaning for me – as does reveille.