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  Since the establishment of the Patriotic Degree in 1900, the Color Corps have provided honor guards for religious and civic functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus. They are distinguishable by their official regalia of tuxedos, capes, chapeaux, and swords.

To the left is pictured the Fourth Degree Emblem. Bearers of this emblem are committed to conduct themselves honorably as Christian gentlemen in their private and public lives, as well as acting patriotically for the good of their nations. Likewise, the Fourth Degree sword represents the bearer's reverence for the Eucharist and the Pope, bishops and hierarchy of the Church, and displays publicly his willingness to protect his Church and Priests.



Considered under a religious aspect, we have the honor and privilege of wearing on our swords and our lapels the sacred symbol of the Most Blessed Trinity. This should always remind us to live a good Christian life, and that we should never bring dishonor on the emblem we have been privileged to wear. By this, others may see our good works, through which we will glorify our Holy Religion, our Honored Order and our Beloved Country.


Color Corps information is at: http://www.kofc.org/en/members/for-members/color.html

Color Corps Manual is at:  http://www.kofc.org/un/en/resources/membership/dm-full.pdf

With the implementation of the new uniform, there were some changes that took place affecting how Honor Guard callouts are conducted. Before, only Sir Knights who wore the official regalia of the Knights of Columbus were allowed to participate in a Color Corps callout with the service baldric and sword.

Under the new rules, your Honor Guard consists of any of the following:

  • Any Sir Knight who has the new uniform, service baldric, sword, and white gloves (Color Corps uniform)
  • Any Sir Knight who has the new uniform and white gloves, but hasn’t procured a service baldric or sword.
  • Any Sir Knight who has the old tuxedo, which is now just another suit, a social baldric, and white gloves, no beret, no service baldric, no sword.
  • Any Sir Knight who has a dark business suit with social baldric and white gloves, no beret, no service baldric, no sword.

 Pretty much, there is NO ONE in our Assembly who can be excluded from being a member of an Honor Guard.


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