Fourth Degree Knights from Rappahannock Assembly led the march
Virginia KofC Officers
District Warden Dave Todd and the Fourth Degree Color Corps
District Deputy Mark Janda and other attendees sang the Star Spangled Banner
Master of Ceremonies Delegate Robert Orrock
First Mount Zion Baptist Church Pastor Hashmel Turner gave the invocation
Keynote speaker Rob DuBois
Associate Chaplain Fr. John Cregan, State Deputy Steve Raschke, Supreme Director Tommy Harger and State Secretary Mike Gasper listen to the speakers
Fredericksburg Muslims joined in the celebration of American Religious Freedom
Members of the General Thomas Meagher Division of the AOH and their families
Sir Knight Richard Dowsett led the singing of the closing hymn, God Bless America
Members of the Knights Templar (affiliated with the Masons) participated in their distinctive regalia
The Honor America Corps flag bearers lead the parade
Virginia Knights sponsor 42nd annual celebration of Religious Freedom Day in Fredericksburg
January 10, 2016 - Rappahannock Assembly Knights of Columbus sponsored the 42nd annual Religious Freedom Day ceremonies in Fredericksburg, joined by members of a variety of religious faiths, and a large contingent of a Fourth Degree Color Corps members and the state officers of the Knights of Columbus.
The 2016 ceremonies came on the 239th anniversary of the day when Thomas Jefferson drafted the document which became the Virginia Statute of Reglious Freedom, which later became the inspiration of Article I of the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution.
The event drew attendees and participants from a wide variety of religious faiths: Catholics, including a large number of Knights and their families; members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; members of the Knights Templar (affiliated with the Masons), members of the local Muslim community, members of the Unitarian Church; and the invocation was given by a Baptist minister. It was a gathering that truly honored the fruits of the American tradition of religious liberty
The featured speaker of the day was Rob DuBois, a retired member of the Navy SEALs, who served in more than 30 countries.
Flag bearers from the Honor America Corps
Rev. Hashmel Turner, Junior-Pastor, First Mount Zion Baptist Church, Sparta, VA gives the invocation
Featured speaker Rob DuBois, lays a wreath in honor of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom
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