The “Old Guard” exemplifies these traits in their unwavering dedication to respecting and protecting our fallen hero’s. If we look farther back into our past, we can find the same nobility in the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ of the Temple of Solomon. Or the Knights Templar as they became known.
Bernard of Clairvaux (The leading churchman at the time) wrote: “A Templar Knight is truly a fearless knight, and secure on every side, for his soul is protected by the armor of faith, just as his body is protected by the armor of steel. He is thus doubly-armed, and need fear neither demons nor men.” These “Warrior Monks” were required to swear vows of obedience, chastity, piety and poverty. They handed over all of their goods to the brotherhood including land, horses and all other items of material wealth including any interest in businesses. In 1139, Pope Innocent II issued the papal bull, “Omne Datum Optimum”. It decreed that the Knights Templar could, “pass freely through any border, owed no taxes, and were subject to no one's authority except that of the Pope”. It was a remarkable confirmation of the Templars and their mission across the land.
So Brethren, until such time as we may meet in the Inner Chamber, and receive the reward due of all Good Men, let me offer you this toast:
To Him, who furnished the stone and wood,
To Him, who nobly shed his blood - in doing of his duty;
We hail the day! We hail the morn!
On which those great men were born!
Who did the Temple thus adorn
With Wisdom, Strength and Beauty.