2021 Memorial Day Message

Memorial Day is one of solemn reverence to the American men and women who have sacrifice their lives so that others will be able to live theirs.  This country has a proud tradition of remembering our military service members and I know a number of Virginia Assemblies have place American flags at the veteran cemeteries across the state.  I also know that a number of you are also placing flags at veterans buried in our Virginia Catholic Cemeteries.  Thank You 
I would also like to remind you about the National Moment of Remembrance” a resolution passed by Congress in December 2000 which asks that on Memorial Day at 3PM local time for all Americans to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way, a moment of  remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever you are doing for a moment of silence.  If we all do this in our own way, we will be honoring ALL who have died serving our great Nation.  I ask that you take the time on Monday to remember all our fallen service members who have bravely given of their lives so that we might all be able to live as we do  in this great country the United States of America.
 “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends, no greater respect for that life is our cherished memory of times past.”
Both Donna and myself wish you and your families a patriotic and safe Memorial Day weekend.


Virginia District 4th Degree Knights of Columbus

The mission of the Fourth 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 Fourth Degree Assemblies. The 4th degree fosters the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large and encourages active Catholic citizenship. The Sir Knights of the Virginia District are proud to carry on this tradition.


Members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.


Pictured above is 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


Vivat Jesus!

Stephen Paul Raschke, Sr.

Master, Virginia District