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A fitting opening to this History quotes excerpts of an address given by S.K. Herman E. Friedrich, P.C. May 3,1978, relating to" ... the opening of every Commandery meeting when 'all Present' Valiant Knights are solemnly admonished to govern themselves' according to the Sublime principles of this Magnanimous order.' It is appropriate to examine the meaning of the key words-Valiant, Sublime, and Magnanimous. A Magnanimous person is one showing high nobility of feeling and generosity of mind, incapable of meanness or pettiness. Sublime principles are those of lofty concept and high moral worth. Valiant refers to one of courage, bravery and high physical and moral strength. All human activities create continuous impressions of some kind, either good or bad. No person, business, government, or any activity remains dormant or static for any length of time - it either advances or recedes. And so it is with our fraternity. It has been said that principles unite men and sometime mere programs divide them, because the programs themselves are not based upon the lofty principles which we espouse. So these principles are basic and are the foundation in our continuous quest to attract the type of person we would emulate. In this quest we must emphasize merit and quality on this high plane against mere unguarded quantity. If we want to create the real meaning of persons with nobility of feeling, generosity of mind, incapable of meanness or pettiness, and of high moral worth, we must school ourselves in the fundamentals of our heritage as against carelessness, and in great attention to our basic principles. Only in such basic principles can we hope to have others, who see us in our actions, personally wish to become a Knight Templar. When we so act and think, our own society must become more united and conforming to the opening admonition of the Commander."

____The Knights Templar is a Christian-oriented fraternal organization that was founded in the 11th century. Originally, the Knights Templar were laymen who protected and defended Christians travelling to Jerusalem. These men took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and were renowned for their fierceness and courage in battle.

____Today, the Knights Templar display their courage and goodwill in other ways. They organize fund-raising activities such as breakfasts, dinners, dances, and flea markets. They support Masonic-related youth groups and they raise millions of dollars for medical research and educational assistance. All Knights Templar are members of the world's oldest fraternal organization known as "The Ancient Free And Accepted Masons" or more commonly known as "Masons". However, not all Masons are Templars. Templary is but a part of the Masonic structure known as the "York Rite Of Freemasonry".

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