Greetings Brothers of the Mighty Third District,

Memorial Day is when we (as a nation) observe and honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. We will remember the service and sacrifice of all our fallen soldiers. Because of our fallen soldiers’ sacrifices, American citizens and others throughout the world can enjoy the rights, liberties, and freedoms that are our foundational attributes of being an American. Omega Psi Phi has a rich military tradition – as demonstrated by our Brigadier General Charles Young, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s second honorary member.

Across the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia, in large cities and small towns, citizens, veterans’ groups, and our military affairs committee chapters will commemorate in their own way their patriotism, devotion, and commitment to honoring the original meaning of Memorial Day.

Former President Barack Obama stated, “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.” I ask the men of the Third District as we attempt to repay our fallen heroes that we observe this Memorial Day and be mindful of those Brothers who paid with their lives, leaving family, friends, brothers, and loved ones behind. It remains the “duty from one brother to another” to preserve their legacy and to keep their families uplifted.

May God bless each of you, your families, the Third District and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.


Shawn R. Lacey
District Representative
Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc /