Knights of Columbus celebrate ‘under God’

Jun. 30, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

Henderson Mayor Pete O’Geary joined members of the Knights of Columbus Assembly No. 3440 in the chambers of the Henderson Common Council on Flag Day, June 14, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the words “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower singed into law the legislation adding the words to the pledge on Flag Day in 1954.

During the Henderson ceremony, O’Geary presented a proclamation to Richard Seekins, faithful navigator of the Father Emil J. Kapaun Assembly No. 3440 of the Knights of Columbus, commemorating the event 60 years ago, as well as the role of the Knights of Columbus in adding the words.

O’Geary also offered thanks to the Knights, and noted how they were a driving force in the change in 1954.

Seekins read the statement Eisenhower prepared for the signing ceremony.

The assembly is named after Emil Kapaun, who was a priest martyred in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for conspicuous bravery in 2013.

The assembly is part of the fourth degree of the Knights of Columbus, and is focused on patriotism and serving God and area veterans. For more information on the assembly, contact Seekins at (252) 432-7972.