Kena Shrine Legion of Honor Unit
The Legion of Honor is made up of Shriners who have served or are still serving in the armed forces. Our members are active duty, honorably discharged or retired; volunteers or draftees; officers or enlisted — we are proud to have served our country and protected the freedoms every citizen holds dear.
The objectives of the Legion of Honor are to perpetuate the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country; to foster a spirit of patriotism and love of country and its flag; to support the Potentate in advancing the best interests of Kena; and to assist in upholding Shriners International.
In the Legion of Honor things like age, conflict and rank don’t matter — your service to country does!
- Membership is limited to Shriners currently serving, retired or honorably discharged from the armed forces.
- We remind all nobles of the sacrifices our nation’s veterans made to protect our freedoms.
- We commemorate the memory of Nobles who upheld the glory of the flag and who fought with valor for their country.
- We recognize that each member has something unique to offer and encourage everyone to share their talents.
- Most importantly — we like to have FUN.
Whether at our meetings, in parades, traveling to the Mid Atlantic Shrine Association, laying a wreath at Arlington Cemetery or gathering at a unit or temple family function, we genuinely enjoy the camaraderie and company of each other.
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LEGIONS OF HONOR
The Kena Shriners Legion of Honor is a member of the International Association of Legions of Honor. The IALOH is made up of nearly 150 Legion of Honor Units from the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Republic of Panama, and Puerto Rico. With a total membership of about 9,000 men, the association provides overall coordination and guidance for each local unit. Learn more at ialoh.org.
Kena Shrine Legion of Honor History
Organized in 1946, The Kena Shriners Legion of Honor predates Kena Temple. First organized as the Alexandria Unit of the Acca Temple Legion of Honor, Noble A.P. Cone served as the first commander. When the Kena Temple was chartered in 1951, the Acca Temple Legion of Honor, Alexandria Unit became the Kena Shriners Legion of Honor.
Today we are proud to be the first and oldest unit in Kena and take great pride in being one of the most active. Our members can be seen presenting the colors at every meeting and ceremony, marching in parades, organizing events and proudly supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children, our beloved philanthropy.
Older history, replaced 2020-04-04
The objectives of the Legion of Honor are to perpetuate the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country; to foster a spirit of patriotism and love of country and its flag; to support the Potentate in advancing the best interests of Kena; and to assist in upholding the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
The Kena Legion of Honor was first organized in 1946 as the Alexandria Unit of the Acca Temple Legion of Honor. Noble A.P. Cone served as the first Commander, with Noble W. P. Watkins as Adjutant, Noble F. M. Hoffman as Finance Officer and Noble F. B. Hutcheson as Supply Officer. According to available records, at that time the Legion of Honor membership totaled 23. Other than this, there are no known records to account for the happenings of the Unit until June 30, 1951, as it was at that time the Acca Temple Legion of Honor, Alexandria Unit was incorporated into the new Kena and was the first chartered uniformed body of Kena. Noble Joseph R. Harris was appointed the first Commander of the Kena Legion of Honor. There is no record of the other officers assigned the first year under Commander Harris.
Records indicate that the first candidates to be initiated into the Kena Legion of Honor were Past Commander and Past Potentate, Illustrious Robert A. Duke and Noble Christian O. Chritenson. The membership has continued to increase through the years and by the end of 1975 this Unit had become the largest Unit in Kena with a total membership of 121, which includes both marching and non-marching members.