It’s like “last call,” but earlier. Or later if you’re out ’till 2 am (not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
First Call sounds every morning at 7:55 and that means there’s 5 minutes until the national anthem begins to play.
You don’t want to be outside the gate at 8. When classes are in session, I see students rushing between buildings to get to class on time.
The Defense Language Institute is also in Monterey and the campus is adjacent to Huckleberry Hill in Veteran’s Memorial Park where I like to hike. Sometimes I hear Retreat playing, turn the corner, and see the flag coming down.
It’s nice to have these audible reminders of the passage of time. They give structure to the day and add to the common experience for all that can hear it.
It’s these linkages that can help us to relate to each other, bind us together in our humanity, remind us that we are more alike than different.