On Memorial Day, this day is marked with solemn commemoration and honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. There are usually parades, flag ceremonies, and other formal recognitions on Memorial Day each year. In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, no parades and no ceremonies will be conducted. What would have been a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, with bands playing patriotic music, wreaths laid at memorials, honor guards carrying flags and buglers playing taps will, in effect, be a virtual Memorial Day.

We will still pay tribute to our Fallen Veterans’ contributions to American Freedom, it should remind all who hear the phrase “Freedom isn’t Free”! These are not just words, they are a value, a belief in the way of life that puts service for others above self. The American people cannot and should not ever forget what these Heroes did for us! We as a nation must keep faith with all our fallen Heroes and our Veterans. This then begs the question “How do we honor those who’ve sacrificed for us and our country?”

As we know, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. has established March 12th of each year as Memorial Day. On this day, each chapter is expected to conduct an appropriate service to recall the memory of those members who have entered into Omega Chapter. We as Omega Men honor those lost in the way we care for those who returned home—and for their families and survivors. Thank you for all that you do for Veterans. It is a privilege to serve with each one of you in fulfilling our sacred mission.

On this Memorial Day, may God bless our Fraternity, the Third District, and our Veterans!

In Friendship,

Brother Conrado B. Morgan
District Representative
Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.