The Patriotic Degree (Fourth Degree) ritual added patriotism to the three original principles of the Order: charity, unity and fraternity. Any Knighthood (Third Degree) member in good standing is eligible for membership in the Patriotic Degree. There is no longer a waiting period to join the Patriotic Degree. The primary purpose of the Patriotic Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through active membership in local Patriotic Degree groups called assemblies. Patriotic Degree members must retain their membership as Knighthood Degree members in the local council to remain in good standing.
There are three exemplifications each year in the Southern District.
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1. Irvine Exemplifications at Marriott – October
2. Ontario: May
3. San Diego: January
We invite members of your Council to join the Patriotic Degree. Sir Knights of the Patriotic Degree, deem it an honor and privilege to carry our TRIAD EMBLEM, which features The Dove, The Cross, and The Globe. Our Honored Order cherishes as its Patron, Christopher Columbus.
The primary purpose of the Patriotic Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through active membership in local Patriotic Degree groups called assemblies. Patriotic Degree members must retain their membership as Third Degree members in the local council to remain in good standing.
As a Patriotic Degree Knight you have the opportunity to become part of your assembly’s color corps. As a color corps member, you will be recognized widely by the distinctive attire of tuxedo, feathered hat (chapeau) cape and sword. Color corps members regularly take part in civic events such as parades and wreath-laying ceremonies, and in ecclesial functions at Catholic churches.
The Patriotic Degree member official regalia dress for members is as follows:
- Black Tuxedo
- Plain White Tuxedo Shirt – pleated and with collar
(No wing tip collars)
- Black Bow Tie
- Tuxedo Studs and Cuff Links
- Black Cummerbund – (No Vests)
- Black Footwear
- Social Baldric (Worn under the coat, from right shoulderto left hip)
- Lapel Pin (The only pin worn on the lapel is the official pin of the Fourth Degree, which is available from the Knights of Columbus supreme Supply Department – item PG-113)
- Name Badge.
A member serving in the armed forces, a full-time police officer or firefighter is in proper attire when wearing the Class A dress uniform. He does not wear a baldric.