September 8, 2014: Oxford, Ohio—Phi Kappa Tau is honoring the two brothers who perished in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on that fateful morning.
Philip Lacey “Phil” Parker, Muhlenberg ’66, and Peter Edward Mardikian, Ohio State ’92, were working in the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when two commercial jets were piloted by terrorists into the North and South Towers (WTC1 & WTC2, respectively).
Thirteen years later, their legacies continue to live within the hearts of their loving friends and families.
To pay respect to these brothers and to all of the 3,000 victims of September 11th, Phi Kappa Tau is encouraging its 3,500 undergraduates at 80 chapters and 10 colonies to participate in the Phi Kappa Tau September 11th Remembrance Ceremony during their upcoming chapter meeting.
Phi Kappa Tau’s September 11th Remembrance Ceremony
President: As we gather today in the bonds of Phi Kappa Tau brotherhood, it is fitting for us to reflect upon the events of September 11, 2001. That tragic day has forever changed our country and our lives and it is our honor, as men and as brothers, to remember the lives lost that day.
Phi Kappa Tau lost two brothers in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 – Peter Edward Mardikian from Ohio State and Philip Lacey Parker from Muhlenberg. Today, in this place and at this time, we humbly honor these two brothers and remember all of the families that have been forever touched by this tragedy.
We also honor those brothers and all members of the United States military branches that selflessly risk their lives so that we can enjoy cherished time with friends and family.
Chaplain: Courage is the ability to persevere to the end no matter what difficulties, hardships or fear may arise. It may be the courage to carry out the duties of an office in the chapter or complete a job, even when you don’t feel up to the task.
Perhaps it’s the courage to stick it out in the difficulty of a challenging class. Have the will and the fortitude not to withdraw from the course, but to spend all of the time and energy necessary to pass, even if that means a lot of self-sacrifice.
There is also the courage to stand up for what you believe, to live according to your principles. This is especially true when you face opposition or ridicule. It takes a particular type of courage to maintain a relationship, even in the difficult times. It also takes courage to sever a relationship when it is apparent that it has become necessary.
Courage, then, is about much more than physical bravery. It is the effort necessary to do what is needed, regardless of the difficulty of the task.
President: Peter Edward Mardikian, Ohio State ’92
Born in Michigan and graduating from high school in New Jersey, Peter Mardikian was a newlywed who was in the North Tower of the World Trade Center preparing for a trade show when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the building
at 8:48 a.m. He had met his wife, Cori, as an undergraduate at Ohio State, and they had just been married in July of 2001. He was the marketing director for a software company that did financial analysis, fulfilling his dream of working on Wall Street. He was affectionately known to chapter brothers as “Deeker,” and in addition to his wife Cori, he was survived by his parents Alec and Jackie and his sister Monica.
Philip Lacey Parker, Muhlenberg ’66
Phil Parker was a true Renaissance Man with a genuine love of learning. He was a Senior Vice President of a prominent insurance company while also an accomplished musician and a licensed pilot of small aircraft. He was a loving husband to wife, Joanie, and an adoring father to daughter, Stephanie. While at Muhlenberg, his love of music and of storytelling led him to become the founder of the Campus Coffee House in 1967, which provided a stage to aspiring artists on campus and in the community. His Eta chapter brothers describe Phil as energetic, affable, quit-witted and kind.
Chaplain: The family and friends of Brother Mardikian and Brother Parker have shown courage as they continue to grieve for their husbands, father, sons, brothers, and friends. Our Nation has shown courage as every citizen continues to heal.
In honor of our two brothers that lost their lives that September day, and to their families and friends, and in honor of those who protect our country today, let us observe a moment of silence in their memory and for all who were affected by this tragedy.
Thirty seconds of silence.
President: As brothers, we are bound together by the unique bonds of Phi, Kappa and Tau. As life will surely bring its sorrows, we are reminded that we are never alone. Join me in singing/reciting the Brotherhood Song.
We are brothers now and ever
Until the day to die
And when that time comes rollin’ ’round
And we bid our last goodbye
There is one thing sure and certain
Let us bow our heads in awe
We’ll meet again in heaven sure
In the name of Phi Kappa Tau.