For those who have served, and still may be serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces, Memorial Day is a difficult holiday. While many of our fellow citizens view this as just another day off, a day to grill out and gather with friends, it reminds members of the Armed Forces of those we have lost. The ceremonies, the flags on graves, the specials on TV, and the movie marathons all dredge up those memories of comrades-in-arms who are not here to join in the celebrations. This holiday also brings out the best in many of our neighbors as they thank us for our service and reminisce about their own friends and family, living and gone, who served. So enjoy the day, remember those gone, and that we are the home of the free, because of the brave. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.