As we wait for the rain, there is some debate over whether sand bags will suffice or should we build an ark. Here's hoping that everyone stays safe and the hurricane-related weather does not follow the worst-case scenarios of all the projections. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Sunday, 9 a.m., I will be live on WVOC News, Talk and Sports Radio (560 AM, Columbia, SC). Brian Boger has invited me to be a guest on his "Talk Legal Show" to discuss my books. I am looking forward to the discussion with Brian. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Events occur that everyone old enough to remember will be able to tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing when they happened. Today is one of those days. 9/11. September 11. Fall of the Two Towers. Attack on the Pentagon. Flight 93. It only takes a few words to cause a person to stop and briefly relive that moment in time. Today we will probably see a lot of that, people just stopping and having that blank stare for a few moments. Here's to memories and moments of silence. ~ Michael S. Pauley
There we were, watching From Russia with Love, when we heard the news of the events in Istanbul. Then we were watching Sink the Bismark when we heard the news about the raising of the bell of the HMS Hood. Odd coincidences? Hm-m-m-m. ~Michael S. Pauley
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard, serving our country since 1790!
Have a safe and Happy 4th of July! Enjoy the festivities and fireworks. Speaking of fireworks, I was pleased to see the yard signs available for veterans regarding said fireworks. The spectacle is beautiful, but the accompanying booms are not, especially for those of us who are combat vets. My lovely bride loves fireworks and the look on her face is like a child as she watches the displays. I have, over the years, grit my teeth and tried to be there for her during these celebrations. She understands that I do not enjoy them the way she does. We have found some pretty good solutions for us. We watch them from a distance, where she can enjoy the spectacle but the sound is not so close. Or we watch them on TV, since many celebrations around the nation are televised. Please be considerate of your neighbors, even is they do not have a sign in their yard. Our pets are also sensitive to the sound and might even run away if not contained in a safe space.
Our veterans are the reason we can enjoy this holiday, so thank them and have consideration for them. Enjoy your holiday! ~ Michael S. Pauley
June 14 through July 4 are 'Honor America' days. June 14 is also the Birthday of the U.S. army. It is a time to proudly display our flag and all it represents. While no country or organization is perfect (as long as humans are involved, since none of us are perfect), here in America, we have made a pretty good effort to be the best we can be. We really do value individual freedom and liberty. We really do wish others around the globe could enjoy many of our freedoms and liberties, otherwise we would not bother to get involved. So let's celebrate that which makes our country great, which includes our armed forces. Let's wish our Army a Happy Birthday and thanks for helping us keep our freedoms and liberties. ~ Michael S. Pauley
There will be a number of commemorations honoring the Battle of Midway over the next several days. There will be wreath-laying ceremonies and special programs at many different site. Below are just three of the events. Look for one in your area!
PENSACOLA, FLA.-In recognition of the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training will host a commemoration ceremony in the Blue Angel Atrium at the National Naval Aviation Museum on Thursday June 4th at 10 a.m. (Source: Chipley Bugle.com)
Where: Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
When: Saturday, June 06, 2015
1:30PM to 3:30PM - The Museum marks the 73rd anniversary of the turning point of WWII with a special Midway program.
Battle of Midway Commemoration at the United States Naval Memorial
~ 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.