This recent wedding was for a Masonic Knights Templar and his Lady in South Eastern Oklahoma; it was a grand event and gives the reader just a taste of the customs of the oldest Templar Order in the world.
The Knights Templar Cross of Honor (KTCH) is awarded by the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America.
From the Grand Encampment Constitution:
Section 237(b). There is hereby created and established a meritorious award to be known as the "Knights Templar Cross of Honor" which may be awarded by the Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America to deserving Sir Knights of Constituent and Subordinate Commanderies on the following conditions and stipulations:
(c) The award shall be made only for exceptional and meritorious service rendered to the Order, far beyond the call of duty, and beyond the service usually expected of an officer or member.
(d) One nomination may be made from each Grand Commandery, regardless of the number of members.
The Grand Encampment also maintains a College of Honors which bestows the ranks of Knight Commander of the Temple and Knight Grand Cross of the Temple.
Members of the Armed Forces were represented as well, which continues to demonstrate the cementation between the relationship of Templar ideals and service to one’s Sovereign, whether they be elected or born into power. To be a Templar is to be a patriot.
The procession under an Arch of Steel
A Sir Knight and his Lady