” Hi, Dad, The life story of Frank S. Land and the order of DeMolay, ” was presented to three area libraries including the Blue Ridge, South County and Hollins libraries by the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the DeMolay by Chris Fechison, Master Counselor and two other DeMolay officers, Ian Pierce and Wyatt Painter.
Fechison of Daleville explained DeMolay in this manner, “The Order of DeMolay is a Masonic youth organization for young men between the ages of 12 and 21 who are dedicated to clean and manly living. Their ultimate goal is to mold young men in the early years of their lives, so that they may be the most outstanding leaders and adults that they can be. This is done by emphasis on seven cardinal virtues; they are filial love, reverence for sacred things, courtesy, comradeship, fidelity, cleanness, and patriotism. These virtues are a necessity to a truly refined adult.Though the organization was not founded until 1919, the ideals and the namesake lived long before.”
“Jacques DeMolay was a member of the Knights Templar, a group of knights who guarded the road between Jerusalem and Acre. In 1307, Philip the Fair, King of France, set out to obtain the knights’ wealth. He captured DeMolay and many of his comrades. DeMolay wasput on trial in 1314 based upon a forged confession. He disavowed this confession which was punishable by death.Both power and riches were offered to him in exchange for the Templars’ wealth and the whereabouts of the knights that had evaded capture. DeMolay was appalled that anyone would reward a man to betray his oaths. He was put to death at the stake because he disavowed the confession and would not surrender his comrades. The trial of Jacques DeMolay glorifies our cardinal virtues of fidelity and comradeship. Members of the order are called “DeMolays”, a symbolic reminder of how we should live our lives as DeMolay lived his.”
“One of the many products of the Order of DeMolay is strong leaders. Many great leaders were members of DeMolay in their youth. The list includes President William Clinton, Walt Disney, Bob Mathias, and Frank Borman, to name a few.”
To join DeMolay or for more information, contact Dad George Lloyd at 540-599-3080.