Written by: Denise Serafini on Wednesday, May 17, 2017The Knights of Columbus Color Guard is such a significant element in our presentations. They bring an element of ceremony to these events that demonstrates their commitment to the faith. Very much like St. Thomas More, they are a hallmark for standing up for solid Catholic principles. The Knights of Columbus is especially noted for their efforts to promote the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. St. Thomas More is remembered in the Church as a man of tremendous integrity. The basis for his sainthood is ascribed to his martyrdom for opposing King Henry VIII’s separation from the Catholic Church. More refused to acknowledge Henry as Supreme Head of the Church of England and the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. More was convicted of treason and beheaded. More ascended the scaffold on July 6, 1535, joking to his executioners to help him up the scaffold, but that he would see himself down. He is also reported to have said: "I die the King's good servant, but God's first." According to David Hume, author of “The History of England”, another comment he is believed to have made to the executioner is that his beard was completely innocent of any crime, and did not deserve the axe; he then positioned his beard so that it would not be harmed. His beard became the outward sign of his dignity and integrity. So too do I see the regalia of the color guard as a demonstration of the dignity and integrity each of these sir knights hopes to achieve as exemplars of exceptional Catholic manhood.