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  • Texas, Alaska, and Iraq: A Live It Everyday Writer's Story

    Brian Pearce is Live It Everyday's new contributing writer and represents our patriotic line. Here is his story. 

    My name is Brian K Pearce.

    I enlisted in the Army in June of 1992 after being laid of from my job as a Deputy Sheriff in rural Sutheast Ohio. My Recruiter loved me because, I was able to do my own fingerprints and background checks because of my being in law enforcement before. So when I went to see him, I had a good portion of his job already done.

    I attended Basic training at Ft Bliss in El Paso, Texas from June to August and boy was it hot: 111 when I got off the plane the first night. I finished Basic with a broken foot and went to Ft Leonardwood in Missouri to train both as a Heavy Equipment Operator and Combat Engineer, which was a short lived experiment as they only ran two iterations -- classes or cycles -- through. I then reported to Ft McClellan, Alabama to the 46th Engineer Battalion where I stayed for almost three years before heading to Korea with the 50th Assault Bridge Company.

    From there I went to Ft Hood, Texas, Ft Drum New York, and ended my service briefly to go back to police work in the same community where I was laid off before.  This break lasted about two and a half years before I returned to Active Duty and retrained at Ft Sill in Oklahoma and was re-posted to Ft Wainwright, Alaska to the 172d Stryker Brigade to prep for a deployment to Iraq.

    We did our train up for Iraq right there in Alaska except for 30 days in Louisiana ... Yeah there's a huge amount of comparisons to a Iraq in Alaska in January and Louisiana at any time. We deployed as a Brigade and were stationed largely in the Mosul area but had different units in other places throughout the country from the Syrian border in the west to Turkey in the east, to our own Battalion about 50-60 miles south.

    Yep, this was going to be a long year.

    Time to make the donuts, Brian

    When I asked Brian how he wanted to "sign off," on his posts, this is what he told me: "If you recall the old Dunkin Donut commercials where the guy was always puttering around in his house early in morning saying 'time to make the donuts.'  I always used that before a shift as a cop and before a mission in Somalia and Iraq." I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to his upcoming posts. 

  • Everything Memorial Day Is (And Everything It Isn't)

    Memorial Day.

    It's not a post on Facebook, a tweet, or a text. It's not a barbecue. It's not hamburgers on the grill, or picnics.

    Memorial Day is a day that honors those who have fought. Fought for our freedoms, fought for our country, our values, our lives. They are those who work so that we can. They are wounded. They are heroes. Heroes, that sometimes perish because of their faithfulness to our country and its people -- you and me.

    Today, we honor those who have fallen, defending the right to cookout, to post thankfulness on Facebook, and to have, for some, a day off of work.

    Half Staff

    As the tradition holds, we lower our flags half staff in honor of the brave men and women who have fallen protecting us. At noon, we will raise them, but we will never forget their sacrifice.

    Half Staff 2 For those of you who serve our country, thank you.

    The Live It Everyday team 

  • The Weekend Playlist: For The Heroes

    As a kid growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, the old timers called it Decoration Day and seemed like they “decorated” the graves of all of their family and close friends that had gone on with flowers.

    Camp Nelson

    It was probably about the sixth grade when my favorite teacher, Mrs. Lafferty informed our class and me that it was Memorial Day and it was to honor men and women who died while serving their country.

    I guess folks just like calling it Decoration Day, what it was called after the Civil War when those from both Union and Confederate soldiers decorated their graves.  It still blows me away to think that 600,000 died in that war.  Later on, in 1966, President Johnson named it Memorial Day.  Still my earliest memories of the Memorial Day were putting flowers on the graves of family and friends.  Even though Memorial Day is to commemorate those who made the greatest sacrifice, many people use it to remember loved ones that have past and I think that’s OK.  Never forget and always remember the good things about those that have gone on.

    While we remember our family and friends it is extremely important that we take a few minutes to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom.

    So to honor those I’ve added a quote to go along with this week’s playlist.

    “Posterity -- you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you make good use of it.”

    John Quincy Adams

    The spirit of this quote is captured in our patriotic t shirts George Washington’s Sword. We also give 11% of the sale of all of our patriotic apparel goes to Homes For Our Troops, an organization committed to building specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat.  

    Without further ado, this week’s playlist for our fallen patriots.

    1. God Bless America -- Erving Berlin
    2. Star Spangled Banner -- Jimi Hendrix
    3. American Soldier -- Toby Keith
    4. Warrior -- Kid Rock
    5. Born In The USA -- Bruce Springsteen
    6. The Stars and Stripes Forever -- John Philip Sousa's
    7. America the Beautiful -- Katharine Lee Bates
    8. Remember the Heroes -- Sammy Hagar
    9. America -- Neil Diamond
    10. 10.  Born Free -- Kid Rock

    Have a great weekend, Mike

    Charity // “Homes For Our Troops, Apparel // women, men
  • Why We Love May: Military Appreciation Month

    One of the things that I love about Everyday Conversations is just that, the conversations it inspires. The whole purpose for the team and contributors writing everyday is not only for you to get to know us, but for us to get to know you!

    With that said, my favorite part of May is easily the fact that it's military appreciation month. I mean, other than the fact that the April showers are gone and the May flowers are here. That's pretty hard to pass up. But, the military holds a special place in my heart. A lot of my family has been active in some branch or another, defending our country. I've prayed for homecomings and safety more times than I can count. So, a month dedicated to those who serve seems like a pretty good month to me, yes? Yes.

    I wanted to take advantage (the good kind, not the bad kind) of this month, though, and let you know of the organization that we work with to support our Patriots. For those of you who don't know, we are committed to giving at Live It Everyday. We believe that it is vital to give as we go and make a contribution above ourselves. Because of that, we give 11% of the money from each shirt to a charity or organization in that design's category. For our patriotic apparel, we give 11% of the income from that shirt before taxes to Homes For Our Troops, an organization committed "to build[ing] adapted homes for severely injured Veterans across the nation to enable them to rebuild their lives." Supported by people like Wynona Judd and Jacob Tamme, HFOT has an A rating on Charity Navigator, the site through which Live It Everyday finds the charities. If you're looking to support Homes For Our Troops, click here, or go on ahead and pick up a Patriotic tee for the Fourth (men, women). Your friends, well, they'll be almost as jealous as when you blow them out of the water with that fantastic firework display you've gone across the border for. Yay Fourth of July!

    HFOT Logo

    Stay tuned: next month, we've got some SUPER EXCITING things planned with HFOT. Keep watching Everyday Conversations, and as always, keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates! We love to hear from you!

    See ya, Haley

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