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.

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