Knights of Columbus - 4th Degree - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Chester County Assembly # 1873
The Color Corps
In those days, when knighthood was in flower, the Knights of old carried swords to defend God, Church, Country and fellow man according to the code of chivalry. In our times, Sir Knights wear regalia and carry the sword to honor Christ and His Apostles, especially on religious and civic occasions. In wearing the regalia of the Fourth Degree, the assembly Color Corps adds dignity and a pride of church and country to any event.
Faithful Navigator, Sir Knight Vincent D. Fennell organized the Chester County Color Corp. He appointed Sir Knight Nicholas Monatesti as the first Color Corps Commander in September 1981. Sir Knight Monatesti had to give up his position in 1982 due to being relocated as a result of a job change.
On May 10, 1982 Faithful Navigator, Sir Knight Vincent D. Fennell appointed Sir Knight Vincenzo N. Manenti as the new Color Corps Commander. Sir Knight Manenti had served with the Philadelphia District Color Corps for 15 years. With his vast experience, he coordinated and directed the Chester County Assembly Color Corps in installation of officers, exemplification's, religious and public functions. Sir Knight Manenti retired as Commander in 1986.
Sir Knight James J. Nardi, who trained under the direction of Sir Knight Manenti, was appointed to carry on the command and the tradition of the assembly Color Corps. Sir Knight James J. Nardi directed and faithfully served as the assembly Color Corps Commander from 1986 until his retirement in June of 1997. Sir Knight James Nardi remains an active member of the Corps and continues to lend his vast experience and knowledge to the current Color Corps Commander.
Sir Knight Robert F. Smith was appointed Color Corps Commander by Faithful Navigator, Daniel A. McCormick in June of 1997 to succeed Sir Knight James J. Nardi, and he is the current Color Corps Commander. Sir Knight Smith received his formal training as Commander from Sir Knight James Nardi.
The following is the official dress when serving in the Color Corps;
Vice Supreme Master Blue Cape and Blue Plume on the Chapeau
Masters Gold Cape and Gold Plume
District Marshall Green Cape and Green Plume
Assembly Commanders Purple Cape and Purple Plume
Color Corps Red Cape and White Plume
Former Vice Supreme Master Blue Cape and Blue Plume
Former District Master Gold Cape and Gold Plume
Faithful Navigators White Cape and White Plume
Past Faithful Navigators White Cape and White Plume
Any member of the assembly may be a member of the Color Corps provided that he avails himself of the official dress and regalia, as well as, mastered the manual of the sword. The Assembly does have extra regalia that can be lent to any Sir Knight that wishes to participate in assembly Color Corps functions.
The Official Dress of the Color Corps in addition to the tuxedo is as follows:
• Black Chapeau with a white plume or the color of office as noted above, with a Fourth Degree patch on the right side.
• Black Cape with red lining or the color of office as noted above, with a Fourth Degree patch on the left shoulder.
• White Gloves
• Service Baldric, together with a sword, worn over the coat from the right shoulder to the left hip. When a sword is not permitted for any reason the Service Baldric shall be worn nevertheless.