Garrettsville – Four Fourth Degree Knights from the Garrettsville chapter of the Knights of Columbus brandished their swords and later shot their rifles during the village’s 2012 Memorial Day ceremonies on May 28. The color corps made quite an impression in full regalia, defying the oppressive heat and humidity dressed in black tuxedos, bow ties, white gloves, white baldrics, white-feathered black chapeaus, and black & red capes for the three Color Corps members (black & white for the Faithful Navigator, far right).
The local K of C Council 11801 is associated with St. Ambrose Catholic Church. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights of Columbus.
The annual Memorial Day observances in Garrettsville also included the customary morning ceremonies at the downtown Baptist Cemetery; the parade featuring the James A. Garfield High School Marching Band, area scouts, historic vehicles, local dignitaries and emergency responders; and the prayers, laying-of-the-wreaths, contemplative speeches, patriotic band pieces and community camaraderie at the Park Cemetery along Center Street.