Each year, the President of the United States designates September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month – a national celebration of the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. As part of the Coast Guard’s recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month 2013, Coast Guard All Hands will celebrate some of the contributions made by Coast Guardsmen of hispanic heritage.
Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall
On any given day, if one were to wander the maze of tight hallways inside the U.S. Coast Guard Academy‘s Leamy Hall, home of the U.S. Coast Guard Band in New London, Conn., they might catch the faint, luring song of the band’s one and only harpist, Chief Petty Officer Megan Sesma.
Sesma’s fingers dance their way across the strings, bringing this substantial instrument to life, and filling listeners’ minds with visions of tiny cherubs lounging on white clouds. Sesma has been with the Coast Guard Band for over 10 years, and serves as a dedicated supporter of, and positive role model for the Latino community.
Each year, Latina Style recognizes members of the military and Department of Defense civilians who, through their service, enhance the roles of Latinas in their service and their communities. Chief Sesma was a recipient of this year’s Latina Style Meritorious Service Award, recently presented at the 10th Annual National Latina Symposium in Washington, D.C..
Sesma was nominated for the award by Senior Chief Petty Officer Aimee Page, 4th Horn with the U.S. Coast Guard band, for her dedication to the Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Band and how the Coast Guard’s core values are apparent in her work and her dedication to the Latino community.
“The ability to bring joy to others is truly a blessing,” said Sesma. “Music is the universal language and there is no greater goodwill ambassador than the power of music.”
Sesma performs in student assemblies in local Hispanic communities and has also performed in Mexico and Guatemala. She also teaches harp lessons.
“Teaching and mentoring students is an added piece of my life that brings me great pride,” said Sesma. “To pass on what my mentors and teachers have instilled in me is priceless.”
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