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
May is chock-full of events and activities! Not only are there the celebrations for everyone, like Mother's Day and Memorial Day, but our family has our own, like birthdays and anniversaries. It seems like there is something to plan and celebrate every week. We have taken to doubling up on some occasions, killing two birds with one stone (or cake). I have decided I like pie. When it is my birthday, maybe I should have pie, just to change things up a bit. But it doesn't really matter about the menu, since the main focus is being with family and celebrating milestones. Have a good week! ~ Michael S. Pauley
Wishing a belated Happy Mother's Day to everyone. I know the mothers in my life- my mother, my wife, and my daughter- enjoyed theirs! Please remember to thank all those who 'mothered' you - aunts, neighbors, teachers, older cousins and siblings. Many people mother us as we go through life and I, for one, am grateful to every one of them for their time, patience, influence, and faith in me. We don't always realize the extended village that contributes to our up-bringing, and we would not be who we are without them. Again, THANK YOU and Happy Mother's Day. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Today is the 70th anniversary of the end of war in Europe. According to The Daily Mail (UK), more than half of 18 -to- 25-year-olds there do not know much about the event. I am sure the numbers would be similar here in America and in most other countries. With 'The Greatest Generation' leaving us, indeed almost gone, most of these young people probably do not even know anyone from that era. So even though there are three event-filled days of remembrance in the UK and across Europe, many people just know that it's a time of celebration. An end to war is always a time of celebration. ~ 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.