The Purpose of Sigma Tau Gamma, which is defined in Article 1 of our Constitution, is to “promote the highest ideals of manhood, brotherhood and citizenship.”
Perhaps our brothers who most exemplify the accomplishment of our ideals are the brothers who now serve, and have served, our nation in the armed forces. We all rise in pursuit of these ideals when we honor not only our brothers, who served, but also all men and women who protect our freedoms with their service.
We are particularly obligated to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation and the freedoms for which it stands.
In a few weeks we will gather at our nationÃ¢s capital, in the shadow of Arlington National Cemetery, for the 45th Grand Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma. We will take this opportunity to honor all brothers who have served our nation in the armed forces, and particularly our two Medal of Honor recipients, who are interned there. They are Carlos C. Ogden, Alpha Alpha ’40 (Eastern Illinois University) and James A. Graham, Beta Pi ’63 (Frostburg State University.)
Let us begin that process by taking a few minutes on Monday, May 28, Memorial Day, by pausing for reflection and prayer for those who should be honored that day. Practice the Principle of Leadership by being the one to ask those with whom you are gathered on that day to do so. If in your gathering there are individuals who have served, recognize them by name. And, recognize by name those who are no longer with us.
–Bill Bernier, EVP