Memorial Day 2022

[May 30, 2022]  Each Memorial Day, I write a short reminder to those in my community on what I see as this special day of remembrance.  Below, I’ve copied it in full.

This Memorial Day, our Veterans’ Club calls upon its members and our Four Seasons friends and neighbors to join others across the United States in a “National Moment of Remembrance” wherever we are at 3 pm.  On that day and time, pause for one minute to remember those who died in military service to the United States.

Reflect upon how we benefit from fallen Americans’ sacrifices every time we exercise our Constitutional rights.  We are able to attend religious services of our choice, speak freely, possess firearms, peaceably assemble, and vote.  Public officials do not secure these rights.  Instead, they have been paid for in blood by those who willingly risked their lives to protect ours.  As the saying goes, “All gave some, some gave all.”

War, they say, is an evil that solves nothing.  That it is the folly of the powerful to thrust upon us the deadly games of the battlefield.  We are taught that war is the sin of humankind and that it is easily abandoned; if only we could be more mature, thoughtful, and courageous.  So we are told that lives would be saved, and suffering would be banished.

We do not advocate for war.  Too many have witnessed the horrors of battle and realized the cost in lives and national treasurer.  However, there are times when war is the only choice to stop evil.  For example, shortly before the first Memorial Day in1867, our Civil War rid this great nation of the evil of slavery.  Then again, in World War II, surrender had to be “unconditional” for the Axis Powers to end its Concentration Camp evils.  The total elimination of these threats was necessary.  And it worked.

Today, our most educated scholars, elected officials, and CEOs of great corporations – men and women of great achievement – call for comfort and equality for all.  That we should obtain it without trouble or danger.  And that the love of country is an old wives’ tale to be replaced by interest in a new car or some material object under the self-seeking search for a new world order.  We know better. 

On this Memorial Day, we must not forget the lives sacrificed for us to enjoy our freedoms in the United States while continuing to deal with evil in its many forms.  We must always Remember!

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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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31 thoughts on “Memorial Day 2022

  1. American Girl

    Like so many, I enjoyed my Memorial Day. Family, Friends, and making new acquaintances. I was part of our local parade, attended a BBQ at my neighbor’s home, saw patriotism everywhere, and was able to convince many to stand up for our flag and nation. Thank you, Gen. Satterfield for your service, this blog, and for your guidance.

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    1. old warrior

      Same here, American ‘patriotic’ Girl. Stand up for freedom or be eaten by tyranny.

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      1. Winston

        Well said, old warrior and American Girl. Love the country, the flag, and our fellow patriots! 😊

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  2. Ike of Ikeland

    Basic real advice. Memorial Day is about 5hose who lost their lives in service to America. ✔️

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  3. Bernie

    “Today, our most educated scholars, elected officials, and CEOs of great corporations – men and women of great achievement – call for comfort and equality for all. That we should obtain it without trouble or danger. ” This is scary and is what Gen. Satterfield believes is exactly the wrong message. As they say, “Freedom is not free.” You must work hard for it. You can’t be willfully blind. You must be on top of your game. And, yes we can do it. But it takes the right mindset and understanding. I adopt the discipline needed and am happy I can, today, participate in activities of the town I live in. I am honored to be there.

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  4. Frank Graham

    Enjoy today, Memorial Day in the USA. A very special tribute my community is putting on later this afternoon. Do you best too to help. That is how you become a better person and you are practicing your leadership skills too.

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    1. Mikka Solarno

      Yes, well said Frank. Be with others today. Do the right thing and get your butt outside to see others and to talk with them and tell them stories of our heroes. They need to hear them. Read up on the stories – they are found easily today on the Internet or find a veterans in your community and learn his story. That is something that takes effort but now you have that story to tell.

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  5. José Luis Rodriguez

    Disfruta de tu Día de los Caídos
    Enjoy your Memorial Day

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    1. Martin Shiell

      Thanks Jerome, you as well. Spend time with your family, if at all possible and with friends. Do something good for your community today. Walk the streets and greet people and tell them this is a very special day that we honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Do this and see what benefits you also gain.

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  6. Jonnie the Bart

    Wow, very nice article from Gen. Satterfield. I’m sending it off to my family. Give credit where it is due also.

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  7. Anya B.

    Yes, very good article. Very fitting. Gen. Satterfield, could you teach me how to write like this?

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    1. Edward G.

      Anya, read what he has to say. Think like Gen. S. Practice writing and speaking to others. That is how you begin. It takes practice, practice, practice. Gen. S. has written this blog now for more than 8 years. Shows that practice works. And, you must take the next step from ‘desire’ to ‘action.’ Good luck. Write for us here and we will help you critique your work to form a better logic.

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      1. Max Foster

        The best advice I’ve read in a long time. Edward G. …. I agree that this website (meaning Gen. Satterfield himself) are a big help and giving us a bit of encouragement to do well in our family and community. That is what a real noble goal is …. Gen. S. has discussed this noble goal for a long time now. There’s something to it. Focus, work hard, tell the truth, adopt responsibility. That is what makes us who we are and puts us in a position that we can look ourselves in the mirror at the end of the day and say we accomplished something good.

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    2. New Girl #1

      Right, Anya B. We can support you but you must be the one to make the effort. Best Wishes. Also, enjoy your Memorial Day. And, if you can, purchase Gen. Satterfield’s book, ‘The Longest Year in Iraq.” That way, you can copy his style.

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      1. Phillip

        I bought Gen. Satterfield’s book. I recommend it. Buy now! Read about what really happens. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  8. Willie Strumburger

    Yes, please enjoy your Memorial Day in your very own community. Go to a parade, thank a vet, remember the fallen, and be a good family man, citizen, and soldier for God.

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  9. Joe the Aussie

    Cheers to all youse Yankees on your special Memorial Day.

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    1. Dead Pool Guy

      Hey, thanks Joe. And, all the best to you and your citizens too. We are big big big fans of Austrailia. Of course, who wouldn’t be. Of course, you do have a lot of crazy politicians just like we do. It takes time to get rid of the nutjobs who want to take our freedoms away. Start now!

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  10. Rev. Michael Cain

    Great message. Gen. Satterfield, we appreciate what you do and the positive mark you are making on the lives of us and those of your community. God bless you!

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    1. Ursala J. Simpson

      ❤❤❤❤❤ He is doing it for the love of humankind and for his family.

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    2. Tom Bushmaster

      Yes, indeed. I come to this leadership website most days and I am never disappointed in what I read. More folks should be coming here for a tidbit of leadership and, more importantly, I think, is that what is written here makes me a much better person too (as long as I follow the path).

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      1. Boy Sue

        Right Tom, follow the path. That is all we can do …. do your best, or – as Gen. Satterfield says – better than your best.

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        1. Silly Man

          Yes, you are better than you could ever think you could be. It takes others to teach you this, you cannot do it alone. Humans are social beings and there is nothing at all that will change that. Embrace the social. Do what you can and surround yourself with great folks. All ….. be happy on this Memorial Day.

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          1. Autistic Techie

            This is what Gen. Satterfield keeps telling us and I understand. I’ve made some recent personal improvements. It works!!!!!!!!

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