Throwback Thursday Mass
The roots of Knights’ support for the military is seen in this postcard of a Sunday Mass in El Paso, Texas. The Mass took place during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, also called the Pancho Villa Expedition, which brought U.S. troops to the Mexican border to fight against the Villistas between June 1916 and February 1917.
El Paso Council 638 is credited with being the first to provide social and humanitarian services to General Pershing’s 60,000 troops in El Paso. (The United Service Organization would not come into existence until 1941.) The program was initially funded with local donations and then a $1,000 grant from the Supreme Council. Later, during WWI, Knights formalized support for the troops, at home and overseas, under the banner “Everybody Welcome, Everything Free.”
For more than 100 years, the Knights has supported the spiritual and physical needs of the military.
Photographer credit: W.H. Horne Co., El Paso, Tex.
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