Patriotic Education

Patriotic education is the lifeblood of the Fourth Degree. It begins with our “leading by example” to children, teens and adults, and expands to the local community and beyond. The breadth of Patriotic education spans into a number of programs that each Assembly can present to community and civic groups, schools and parishes alike, including: an understanding of the Pledge of Allegiance; What is so special about our republic?; What is the symbolic meaning of our flag?; What is proper flag protocol?; What does it mean to be one nation under God?; What is thee significance of national holidays; and a better understanding of American History, especially the role of Catholicism in our nation's history.

Patriotic education in the community can range from Sir Knights as individuals and Assemblies involved in school essay contests, Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls assistance, flag retirement ceremonies, Maryland and American history commemorative events, veteran support and even letters to the editor in defense of religious liberty and justice.

Every year, each Assembly should have at least one “ordinary” and one “extraordinary” Patriotic Education event. The minimum expectation is to have a sound “Good of the Order” program at each Fourth Degree meeting. Almost any “Ordinary” Fourth Degree activity can become an “extraordinary” Patriotic Education event with just a little “extra” creativity and emphasis.

Ideas and success stories will be complied and disseminated to all Assemblies for consideration. We will also work with interested school teachers to develop appropriate lesson plans for patriotic education on flag protocol, national holidays, flag symbolism and more.

District Prayer Intentions

  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Anthony I Colbert, PSD, FDD, PGK, PFN, FS
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Carl Roberts, FM
  • For the return to health of Deacon Rich Fisher
  • For the return to health and cure of cancer for Wise Tennyson
  • For the return to health and cure of cancer for Yoshitaka Takeuchi
  • For the return to health of Marvin Schuttoffel
  • For the return to health of Barbara Chayka
  • For the private intentions of Marcia Lapham
  • For the private intentions of Matt Santangelo
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Eileen Santangelo
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Chris Voegel
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Greg Curtain, PGK
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK James Huse
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Bill Sheehan, PGK
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Beverly Woods
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Geraldine Barbara Hickley Massimini Brandon
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery Maurice Bear
  • For the return to health of Rev. Robert Pittman
  • For the return to health of SK Stephen Holowenzak
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Larry Smialek
  • For peace of spirit and ease of pain to Judge William Missouri who has entered into hospice care
  • For the repose of the soul of SK Cesar B. Martinez, FM, FDD, PGK, PFN - Former Master of the Archdiocese of Washington District
  • Fort he repose of the soul of Phil Asplen, PSD, FDD, FM, PGK, PFN - Past State Deputy of Maryland
  • For the repose of the soul of SK Roger Doucette
  • For the repose of the soul of SK Archie Q. Evans
  • For the repose of the soul of SK John H Bond, Jr
  • For the repose of the soul of Fr. John Mattingly
  • For the repose of the soul of Roy Demese
  • For the repose of the soul of Walter Chimiak, father of Msgr. Karl Chimiak
  • For the repose of the soul of Detective Sean Suiter and for the consolation of his family.
  • For the repose of the soul of Mrs. Geraldine Brandon, mother of District Secretary Joe Massimini
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