The Shield of a Knight

The shield of a knight usually was emblazened with his crest of arms.  This crest distinguished him from other knights and permitted others to know who he was when his visor was down.

The crest of this knight, Karl M. Kindt III, represents elements of his family history and faith.

The blue and white stripes are the colors and emblem of the third division of the United States Army.  These were the stripes worn by Karl M. Kindt II as he fought against the Nazi army that was protecting the horrific concentration camps in Germany.  The day Karl M. Kindt II was killed in action, these were the stripes he wore.

The red cross is symbolic of the truth that Jesus Christ shed his blood on the cross for all of our sins and that through His sacrifice we receive forgiveness for all of our sins.  The cross itself is a symbol of the truth of this scripture "For by grace you have been saved, not by works, lest any man should boast."

The fleur de leis is historically a symbol of the Trinity - the truth of Scripture that there is but One God but within His divine nature there are three Persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The flower symbol has three pedals but is only one flower - hence its use by King Louis of France, after whom St. Louis is named, to represent the truth revealed to us about the nature of God.

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