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emorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead.” CONTROVERSY, cont’d. on page 4 >>

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We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies. CONTROVERSY

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While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860’s tapped into the general human need

to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen. Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers

were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday

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 We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies. She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it. Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people CONTROVERSY, cont’d. on Page 24

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Rand Paul’s immigration fight WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Rand Paul today issued a follow-up letter to Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) urging him to refer the immigration bill to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last month. In Sen. Reid’s response to Sen. Paul’s first letter, he indicated that HSGAC would hold hearings regarding immigration and border security.  But, Sen. Paul does not believe that hearings alone will suffice and calls for further debate and amendments in HSGAC. The text of this letter can be found below. “May 6, 2013  The Honorable Harry Reid Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Majority Leader Reid,  As I stated in my previous letter to you on April 22 of this year, I believe it is critical for the Senate to fully review and consider the events that led to the tragic bombing in Boston last ENTERTAINMENT

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month. Most importantly, we must have called for full learn how persons admitted to and deliberation of residing legally in the United States- this legislationfrom a dangerous region of the world, especially in light no less-could fall through the cracks, of the events in progress through the immigration pro- Boston-most indicess, and remain in the United States, cations are that where they were able to carry out vi- this enormous cious attacks despite being subjected piece of legislato a significant amount of scrutiny tion will be exduring their immigration processing.  pedited to the At the same time that we are trying fullest extent to learn how the warning signs that possible. Just might have stopped this horrible trag- this week, you suggestedy were missed, the Senate is push- ed that your goal is for the Senate to ing ahead with consideration of new complete work on this bill and pass it immigration reform legislation. This within the next two months.  legislation would It has reorganize large been arsectors of our “...we must learn how persons admitted to gued that and residing legally in the United Statessociety and alimmigrafrom a dangerous region of the world, no ter the process tion has alless-could fall through the cracks, progwe use to admit ready been foreign visitors ress through the immigration process, and debated for remain in the United States...” to the United years and, States, and it while that would also bring unknown millions may be true, it most certainly is not of people out of the shadows and into the case with this legislation. It was legal residence in the United States. drafted behind closed doors and has Although I and many of my colleagues only been available for review for a few weeks. Further, the investigation of the events in Boston has barely begun. The Senate needs time to further examine the Boston case and the immigration issues it raises, and work to MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND apply whatever reforms are needed, before we rush to pass legislation that will have an uncertain impact over generations.  We must take the time necessary to find out how our immigration and screening process failed before we pass legislation to legalize millions of people. If our immigration system is overwhelmed to the point of failure by the volume of applications and background checks it must perform now, then shouldn’t we consider what millions of new applications and procedures will do? Needless to say, the many questions relating to this legislation, not only the ones raised by the May 26th events in Boston, are more numerous US Navy Band, live in concert than can be suitably included in this 2:30pm letter. Therefore, we should continue to scrutinize and learn about what sysMay 26-27th tems failed and what systems worked, Meet the Aviators and find how these lessons might relate and the aircraft they flew to this new immigration reform legisla-

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tion.  In your response to my letter, you indicated that the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) was about to hold hearings on issues related to immigration and border security. While this is certainly a welcome step, this is not sufficient on its own. I believe the immigration bill should also be amended and refined by HSGAC. Having HSGAC also markup the immigration reform bill will only make the bill stronger and our nation safer.  I strongly urge the immigration bill be referred to HSGAC for further debate and amendments, especially in regards to provisions relating to functions of the Department of Homeland Security, such as immigration processing and security screening (including student visas and refugees), and also to consider how to address gaps in visa exit tracking. You should, in discussion with the leadership of HSGAC, make this referral as soon as the Judiciary Committee has completed its own markup of the bill.  We should absolutely be certain that the bill has received a thorough review and reflects relevant findings from the Boston bombing, and that we have taken immigration security considerations into account, before floor consideration of this legislation begins.  Thank you for your timely response to my previous letter, and I appreciate your consideration of my request in this matter. I look forward to your response.  Sincerely, Rand Paul, M.D. United States Senator”

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Homecoming and reintegration A San Diego homecoming experience through the eyes of a Resiliency Trainer

By Kristin Donahue Attending a military homecoming event is both an honor and a privilege. Being part of such a memorable day is truly an unparalleled experience. Upon arrival at the pier you are greeted with a burst of commotion. There are crowds of people, brightly decorated welcome home signs, and a sizable supply of coffee and doughnuts. You can feel the energy. Kids are

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running around with miniature flags and families are gathered around their homemade banners and sparkly signs. Nearly everyone in attendance is dressed in spirited red, white, and blue clothing. Shamu and Arthur C. Turtle (local costumed characters from SeaWorld) stop to take pictures with children of all ages.   As soon as the ship comes into sight—the crowd packs in tightly near the pier and the Navy band begins to play a variety of patriotic songs. The energy and excitement continue to build as the ship slowly makes its way to the dock. After patiently waiting (for what feels like an eternity) — the ship’s horn sounds—letting everyone know that the sailors have arrived home safely. The crowd goes crazy and the artfully crafted banners start feverishly waving while family members begin to shout the names of their loved ones. First to disembark are the new parents. Being able to witness a sailor meeting his newborn for the very first time is truly a heartwarming experience for everyone involved. As the morning festivities draw to a close, you find yourself overwhelmed with feelings of warmth, gratitude,

es with time, acknowledge that and brainstorm with your spouse about ways to adjust your routine to accommodate those changes

and appreciation for our service members and their beloved families.  In my work as a FOCUS resiliency trainer I have learned that the story doesn’t end at the homecoming however. I often talk to families who are trying to navigate the often tricky process of reintegration.  It is often a period of readjustment for the entire family. Routines that may have worked before with your family may no longer work. Families as well as returning parents change during separations. Everyone has grown physically, emotionally, and socially. Children may be unsure about what to expect. This time of transition can be especially tricky during the holidays— when families are busy and have a lot of events and activities that they want to jump back into. All kids will react differently to the

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Marriage: healing old wounds Before we get started, get a glass of water. No really, go get a glass of water. Got it? Okay. Now, hold the glass of water in your hand and pick it up. Are you holding it up? Now let me ask you this: How heavy is the glass of water? What do you think it weighs? 1 pound? 2 pounds? Less than a pound? Keep holding the glass up. Don’t put it down yet. What do you think it weighs? As you continue to hold the glass of water, you’ll notice that its real weight doesn’t matter as much as how long you hold it. The longer you hold the glass of water, the heavier it feels, right? If you hold the glass of water for minute, it’s not a problem. It’s not heavy. But if you hold the glass of water for an hour, your arm might start to ache. Eventually the glass of water will feel like a ton of bricks. The weight of the glass of water is always the same. But the longer you hold it up, the heavier it gets. That’s the way it works in your mar-

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riage too. Things are bound to happen between you and your spouse that will weigh heavy on you and your spouse’s heart. But the longer you “hold them in,” the heavier the burdens gets. I can’t tell you how many times I’ll discover in private sessions that the source of someone’s anger or bitterness is something that happened 15 YEARS AGO! “Did you ever discuss what happened with your spouse,” I’ll ask. “No.” In an effort to make sure I understand I’ll ask, “You never talked it through? You never processed with your spouse at all?” “No.” Rhetorically I’ll ask, “This has been building up inside you for 15 YEARS and you never said anything?!” “That’s right,” is the response. Do you hear that? It happened 15 YEARS AGO! And it still plagues them TODAY. In fact, as I illustrated above, the burden gets worse not better.   But do you know what always amazes me? The burden gets worse for the person who’s holding it in. But their spouse forgot about the incident 15 years ago. They’re clueless that the pain even exists. They would be

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SHOCKED to learn that their spouse still remembers what happened no less that it pains them and remains in their heart. Most people have something that continues to bother them, something that happened years ago that they never let go of, something that they never “moved through” with their spouse. And there it sits; getting heavier and heavier as the years go by. Until finally it comes out as, “I’m not happy” or “I want a divorce” or “I don’t love you anymore.” Old wounds that don’t get treated aren’t really old; they remain fresh. They’re still open sores that eat away at your marriage from the inside without you even knowing it. How do you stop the bleeding? How do you finally let bygones by bygones and move on in your relationship in a healthy productive way? For more info, get the free report 7 Secrets for Fixing Your Marriage at www.MarriageFitness.com. Mort Fertel is a world authority on the psychology of relationships and has an  international reputation for saving marriages. In addition to working with couples, he teaches individuals how to single-handedly transform their marital situation.

Signs you might be a military spouse Military Spouse Appreciation Day was celebrated May 10. It’s a day to appreciate the sacrifices the spouses endure as they support their loved ones in the military. Recently, the gals at MilSpouse. com asked participants to finish the following sentence: “You Might be a MilSpouse If…” Here are some of the responses: … you go weeks without hearing from, talking to or seeing your spouse and only start to worry when it starts hitting the two month mark. … you have a better support network online while your spouse is deployed than you do with your own family.  …you live life expecting the unexpected! …you refer to your friends as my civilian friend so & so or my military friend so & so during conversations. This can confuse civilians when you live in a non-military community. …majority of your laundry consists of camo, tan shirts, and green SPOUSE, cont’d. on Page 11

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than five ingredients? Being organic in and of itself does not make it healthy, it merely might contribute as one factor among many to that end. Consumers – even well intentioned and health motivated ones – seek a quick and simple way in and out of a busy marketplace. Confusion is understandable given the surplus of brands flooding the shelves of stores. Attaching to one simple concept like “organic” is the easy way. Responding to simplistic slogans like “organic food “ without a consideration of the other important factors required to create health is a serious mistake. Processed food that’s organic is still processed food. If a food comes out of packaging, and is labeled organic, it means it is healthier only in that it was minimally produced without artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation. You can feel confident that workers, animals, and the environment were all treated better in the process of creating the food. However, it does not mean it is nutritionally better for you.

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Cont’d. from Page 9 socks. (It seems like a never ending supply.) …you can pack and unpack a house within a couple of days.  Like a pro! …you use a military ID, but the bank teller wants a real ID (especially when you have a special military bank account) … if your kids are all born in different states. … you don’t flinch when a man with a gun asks for your ID at the grocery store! … your 8-year-old son tells you how the mall ‘downtown’ is not a secure location. … you know that a month long separation is short, no matter what anyone says. … you own at least one I Love My Soldier t-shirt, bumper sticker, purse or anything camouflaged! … you get bored after living in one place more than a year. … you use so many acronyms when talking about your day that those outside of the military community have no idea what you are saying. … you take your computer to bed each night with hopes that you might catch your husband online should he get on SKYPE, Facebook, messenger, etc. …you can unpack an entire house in less than a week….or your garage still has unopened boxes and you moved in over a year ago!

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Local Memorial Day events Alpine’s Wall of Honor, where more than 400 heroes have a special place, is having its third Memorial Day Celebration on Monday, May 27. Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. when you can enjoy a free hamburger/hot dog meal deal, music, and the company of patriotic friends and neighbors. the program will begin at 12 noon sharp, with details still in the works. This year there will be an emphasis on community participation in our celebration, and we are looking forward to patriotic songs by the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Alpine Women’s Club, Alpine Sun, Alpine

property of the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine. The Wall is located just to the left of the Community Center building.

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Charity helps vets change their lives By Jeri Jacquin, Movie Maven In theaters now is the next installment of the Star Trek series with STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS. Many a service person will be in line to see the film, but what these service men and women might not know is what director JJ Abrams and wife Katie McGrath do to support our military! They support a program called THE MISSION CONTINUES. What is THE MISSION CONTINUES? Jumping straight in it is a group that challenges veterans who have struggled to find purpose. At THE MISSION CONTINUES they find camaraderie along with the structure of the military. What happens here is no charity but instead a challenge takes their skills and find a way to continue to serve at home.

The intent is to help give them back the strength and purpose to help our communities. Their mission “is fueled by a deep belief that our veterans are assets whose leadership is needed now more than ever here at home”. The program provides community service fellowships to post-9/11 vets to help them change their own lives by serving others in the community. The fellowship includes serving for six months at a local non-profit organization to address Like many people, you might think a new home is educational, environmental and soout of reach. But we’ll guide you through the home cial issues. The goal is to gain fullbuilding process, taking the worry out of every time employment, higher education and a permanent place to serve the step. Take your first step and connect with a Pulte community. Mortgage Financing Advisor who can answer your Such as Melissa Steinman, who financing questions. served six years with the United States Coast Guard and after 9/11 Centex. Put yourself in a better place.TM received orders to Iraq. After returning home Melissa felt everything in her life had changed. THE MISSION CONTINUES sent her to Act now and get Summerhouse at The Lakes, Menifee the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Cenup to 3% of the Single-family homes from the low $200,000s ter. purchase price • Approximately 1,492 to 2,820 sq. ft. with 3- to 6-bedrooms, 2- to 3-baths George Ortiz served four years toward closing costs • Gated community with 3 Lakes, 5 Parks, Jogging/Walking Trails, in the U.S. Marine Corps and after as well as backyard BBQ/Picnic Areas, 2 Pools, Waterslides, Splash Park giving to his country came home to landscaping for $0* difficulties relating to others. Be29218 Fall River Lane, Menifee, CA 92584, (951) 246-7687 coming part of THE MISSION CONTINUES, George worked with Door Call for information on of Hope and helped homeless famiupcoming releases and Military lies by working with after-school Design Studio Credit GET STARTED AT CENTEX.COM/OFFERS programs and mentoring children. To find out if you are eligible, *These offers are limited to contracts accepted by Centex Homes at Summerhouse at The Lakes between 2/1/2013 and 5/31/2013, may not be combined with other promotions or discounts and are subject to change or withdrawal call 314-588-8805 or email at felat any time without notice. Closing cost offer available through participation in the Preferred Buyer Rewards Program and financing through Pulte Mortgage LLC. Buyers participating in the Preferred Buyers Reward Program lowships@missioncontinues.org. receive a credit at closing in an amount that is up to 3% of the purchase price, excluding options and upgrades, for the payment of approved closing costs and prepaids. Any unused amount of credit is the property of the seller, Also, read more about the proand may not be applied to purchase price. All loans subject to underwriting and loan qualification of the lender. Rates, terms and conditions subject to change without notice. Pulte Mortgage LLC is an Equal Opportunity Lender. gram at www.missioncontinues.org, Licensed by the Department of Corporations under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act. NMLS Entity Identifier 1791. Landscaping is Centex’s standard designs and features, which may be changed without notice. www.facebook.com/themissionconPrices shown are estimated base prices, do not include lot premiums or option and are subject to change without notice. Community association fees are required at this community. Additional information regarding these fees can be found in the DRE public report or a separate fact sheet on facilities available at the sales office. Contact a sales associate for details. Pulte Home Corporation is a licensed California real estate broker (lic. #00876003) tinues, at Twitter @missioncontin©2013 Centex Homes. Equal Housing Opportunity. All rights reserved. 4/26/2013 ue. 12 May 15, 2013 THE MILITARY PRESS www.MilitaryPress.com • editorsdesk@militarypress.com

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Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) (Aug. 27, 1908 - Jan. 22, 1973) 38th President of the United States

“Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.” — Lyndon B. Johnson

World events

• Work begins on the Aswan Dam by diverting the Nile to a man-made canal. • Nelson Mandela and seven others are sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa. • South Africa barred from the Olympic Games in Tokyo due to their Apartheid policies.

• The PLO is established with Yasser Arafat as the head. • Civil War breaks out in Cyprus between Greeks and Turks. • A riot during a soccer match between Peru and Argentina ends with 300 fans dead. • Great Train Robbers get 30 years each.

U.S. news

• President Lyndon Johnson declares a War on Poverty campaign. • Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy concludes Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone. Students storm the admin building and stage a sit in at the University of California; 800 were arrested. • James Meredith, an African American and a former U.S. Air Force serviceman, begins his degree at the white-only University of Mississippi in Oxford. • Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight

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THE RAT PACK: Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra Championship. • The first Ford Mustang rolls off the assembly line. • 24th Amendment is passed. • World’s most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude 9.2, strikes Alaska. • Race riots in Harlem, New Jersey, Chicago and Philadelphia. • Dr. Martin Luther King receives Nobel Prize. • Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed into law. • U.S. Surgeon General reports that smoking may lead to lung cancer. • Jack Ruby is convicted of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.

Popular TV shows

• Bonanza • Bewitched • Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. • The Andy Griffith Show • The Fugitive

Popular movies

• Goldfinger • Mamie • Mary Poppins • The Pink Panther • A Shot In The Dark • My Fair Lady • Last Man on Earth • Lady in a Cage • Dead Ringer

Technology

• BASIC, an easy to learn high level programming language, is introduced. • First Ford Mustang is manufactured. • Sony introduces the first VCR. • The first driver-less train runs on London Underground. • China explodes its first nuclear bomb.

Inventions

• Computer mouse • Bubble wrap

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4 tips for Military Appreciation Month By Amy Bushatz This article was originally published in SpouseBUZZ. My spouse works his tail end off for his country, not to mention risking his life and leaving his family behind for months at a time. So it’s pretty great when people who are not in the military recognize his service. He finds it a little embarrassing, but sometimes I secretly plot ways for us to run errands right after he gets off work and before he has time to change out of

his uniform just so that I can hear people thank him for his service. It’s heartwarming. And then there are the little kids. Even in a town with a huge military population like this one, you still run across awe-struck kiddos who think being a soldier is the coolest thing on planet earth. I love seeing them stare while they say to their parents “look, it’s a SOLDIER!” Servicemembers and military spouses sometimes complain that America is not grateful enough for their service. Other times we question the way civilians express their gratefulness. But I wonder if poorly expressed thanks (or no thanks at all) is at least partially due to a lack of knowledge. Like being invited

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to a party with no idea what to bring the birthday boy, they buy the best thing they can think of. And sometimes it just isn’t right. So we’re here to give a little guidance. Dear civilians, here are some of our top military appreciation ideas:

Skip the sympathy — give gratitude.

Military members don’t want you to feel sorry for them. We chose this life and we are happy to serve. So instead of saying “I’m sorry,” say “Thank you!” Encouraging words make us beam with pride.

If your business offers a discount, publicize it.

Even though we aren’t looking for handouts, we understand that many businesses want to say “thank you” by giving us a percentage off our purchase. That’s fabulous – thank you! If it’s a secret discount, however, that only some military mem-

Hey Hollywood! How about a good story once in awhile?

Instead of making movies and producing shows that make us look pitiful, why not produce more movies like “Act of Valor” that make our jobs look really, really cool?

Give a military spouse a hand.

Know any deployed military families? Think about doing something nice for the spouse of a deployed servicemember. An offer to babysit, mow that insanely out of control lawn, drop off a meal or pick a child up from school one afternoon so his exhausted mom can take a nap would all be very appreciated. Little gestures of kindness say “thank you” in big ways.

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Two women were sitting next to each other at a bar. After a while, one looks at the other and says, ‘I can’t help but think, from listening to you, that you’re from Ireland .’ The other woman responds proudly, ‘Yes, I sure am!’ The first one says, ‘So am I! And where about in Ireland are ya from?’ The other woman answers, ‘I’m from Dublin , I am.’ The first one responds, ‘So, am I!! And what street did you live on in Dublin ?’ The other woman says, ‘A lovely little area. It was in the west end. I lived on Warbury Street in the old central part of town.’ The first one says, ‘Faith, and it’s a small world. So did I! So did I! And what school did ya go to?’ The other woman answers, ‘Well now, I went to Holy Heart of Mary, of course..’ The first one gets really excited and says, ‘And so did I! Tell me, what year did you graduate?’The other woman answers, ‘Well, now, let’s see. I graduated in 1964.’ The first woman exclaims, ‘The Good Lord must be smiling down upon us! I can hardly believe our good luck at winding up in the same pub tonight! Can you believe it? I graduated from Holy Heart of Mary in 1964 me self!’ About this time, Michael walks into the bar, sits down, and orders a beer. Brian, the bartender, walks over to Michael shaking his head and mutters,

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‘It’s going to be a long night tonight.’ Michael asks, ‘Why do you say that, Brian?’ Brian answers, ‘The Murphy twins are drunk again.

Bad Tooth

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Two Polish guys went to a gas station that was holding a contest: a chance to win free sex when you filled your tank. They pumped their gas and went to pay the attendant. “I’m thinking of a number between one and ten,” he said. “If you guess right, you win free sex.” “Okay,” agreed one of the Polacks,

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“I guess seven.” “Sorry, I was thinking of eight,” replied the attendant. The next week they tried again. When they went to pay, the attendant told them to pick a number. “Two!” said the second Polack. “Sorry, it’s three, said the attendant. “Come back and try again.” As they walked out to their car, one Polack said to the other, “I think this contest is rigged.” “No way,” said his buddy. “My wife won twice last week.”

Three men were shipwrecked on a desert island and where captured by the local natives. They were brought to the chief native. The chief gave the men two choices; they could have death or submit to unga bunga. The first man decides he does not want to die, so he chooses unga bunga. Ten of the natives took him into the woods, when he came back one hour later he was all beaten up. The second man chooses unga bunga and he was taken out the woods for two hours where the natives beat him up. The third man not wanting to go through all that torture decided upon death. So the chief said ok death by Unga Bunga.

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SUDOKU The rules to play Sudoku are quite simple. Fill in the blanks so that each row, each column, and each of the nine 3x3 grids contain one instance of each of the numbers 1 through 9.

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Top 10 highest paid athletes Forbes has released its newest list of the top 100 highest-paid athletesnd for the first time since 2001, Tiger Woods is not on top of the list. Floyd Mayweather, currently incarcerated, is the biggest earner in all of sports — with $85 million dollars earned from his last two fights. Tiger fell all the way to third place, and there are few more surprises in the top 10 as well. According to Forbes, the 100 highest earners made $2.6 billion collectively during the past 12 months.

3. Tiger Woods

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8. David Beckham

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Two weekends of pure rodeo!

This is the 32nd year the Ramona Rodeo has in operation. It is a top notch PRCA rodeo with some of the greatest cowboys you’ll ever see. The event is both professional and offers the best hometown hospitality you will find anywhere. The rodeo is held in the Fred Grand Arena at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center,

Each May, the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a week-long series of events including the Western Days Parade, the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo, an evening musical performance, the election of Valley Center’s “Honorary Mayor,” a carnival, and so much more. The rodeo will honor the Wounded Warriors Sunday afternoon, including 100 from the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton. They will be guests of the rodeo committee and will be given a hero’s welcome on Sunday afternoon. Their barbecue lunch is being catered and cost being covered by Roy Stinson of B & B Lock and

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no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country. There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 50’s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years. 24 May 15, 2013 THE MILITARY

421 Aqua Lane in Ramona. Cowboys will compete for cash prizes in barrel racing, tie-down roping, bull riding, saddle bronco riding, team roping and bareback riding. Also on hand will be rodeo queens, entertainers, vendors, food, music and livestock. At Kids Day on Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., children will get a free bandana, hat or rope while supplies last. The first 300 youngsters are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information, visit www. ramonarodeo.net.

RAMONA RODEO Fri., May 17, 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 18, 7:30 p.m. Sun., May 19, 2:30 p.m. Parade: Saturday, 10 a.m.

VALLEY CENTER RODEO Fri., May 24, 7 p.m. Sat., May 25, 4 p.m. Sun., May 26, 2 p.m. Parade: Saturday, 10 a.m. Wounded Warriors Lunch: Sun., May 26, 1 p.m. Safe and tom & Monti Armstrong of Valley Center. The Wounded Warrior Battalion from Camp Pendleton and Balboa Hospital will be once again be given a hero’s welcome at the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo. This year they are honored guests at the Sunday show (May 26th). For more information, visit www.vcstampede.com.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.” The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country. But what may be needed to return the solemn, and even sacred, spirit back to Memorial Day is for a return to its traditional day of observance. Many feel that when Congress made the day into a three-day weekend in with the National Holiday Act of 1971, it made it all the easier for people to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day. As the VFW stated in its 2002 Memorial Day address: “Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.” PRESS

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