As someone that has not served our country, I am admittedly intimidated, overwhelmed and humbled by the opportunity to address our brotherhood on such a meaningful holiday. Memorial Day is a time for us to reconnect with our country’s history and values by honoring our fallen heroes. We owe an incredible amount of gratitude to those men and women that have and will make the ultimate sacrifice defending those values and the lives we cherish.

John F. Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” On this day, we move our words to action by the playing of Taps, hosting parades that honor our fallen heroes, the laying of wreaths and placing the flag in front of the grave markers of those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

In the real spirit of Memorial Day, please join me in memorializing our fallen heroes by participating in the National Moment of Remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for one minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died defending our way of life. Let us also take this opportunity to show our gratitude toward the current men and women in uniform who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Please join me in participating with our service partner, the USO’s ‘Thanks a Million’ campaign. Be sure to share your message of gratitude through social media using #thanksamillionfromphitau.

On behalf of the National Fraternity and Foundation, happy Memorial Day!  Be safe and enjoy the freedoms provided by those that we honor on this day. I hope to see you this summer as we celebrate our 62nd National Convention in Sacramento, Calif.