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Union CSLI Knighthood of Honour Investiture: October 2013

On 12 October 2013, at 6pm the 3rd investiture of the Lazarus Union Knighthood of Honour took place as the final Union - CSLI highlight for this year. The selected location for the event was once again the Hall of Fame in the Imperial Austrian Military Museum in Vienna.

While the common understanding already at the first investiture was that it will be next to impossible to top that event, once again our organization team did an excellent job, again coming up with some new improvements. So the guests and friendly organisations as well as the banners were seated before the marching in of the postulants and the chapter, thereby reducing the stress searching for one‘s seat and making the marching in much more relaxed. All agreed that this was an excellent decision. The information leaflets made it easy for all guests to follow the ceremony and all its deeper intentions.

As with many previous investitures we had the pleasure to welcome representatives from the Radetzky Order, the Order of St. Michael, the Austria Humanitas Corps, the Radetzky Hussars, Langenlois and Spillern voluntary fire brigades, the Flame of Peace as well as many guests, friends and relatives of our postulants, and Knights of Honour and CSLI members. The hall of fame was full up to the last row and some extra chairs had to be brought in.

In the course of his welcome address, the Grand Master of the Knighthood of Honour conveyed personal messages from HIRH Archduchess of Austria, Princess of Toscany, Herta Margarete Habsburg-Lothringen and HIRH Archduke of Austria, Prince of Toscany, Sandor Habsburg Lothringen, who were on some business abroad, and also from our first collar knight and "Knighthood of Honour Pioneer", the former Minister Dr. Werner Fasslabend, who unfortunately also was on business in Jordan.

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Secretary of Defense redt. Dr.Werner Fasslabend, 1. Collar Knight of the Knighthood of Honour of theder Lazarus Union during his investiture 2011 at Rosenburg Castle

Then the protocol officers in charge LtCol. retd. Rudolf Murth and his assistant Mjr. CSLI Helene Kneidinger, took over and several times surprised their audience with most interesting background information on several events and the background music played. The crusader‘s fanfare led over to the presentation of the banners. Every Knight of Honour is entitled to his own coat of arms and also to present this coat of arms on a banner at official events.

The Grand Master after calling the name handed the banner over to the knight being honoured with the banner.

The knight then turned towards the audience and greeted by lowering the banner. Then the knight returned the banner to the banner bearer. Banners were presented to: Chev. Hannes Hochmuth, Dame Anita Konig, Chev. Dr. Oswin Hochstoger and Chev. Prof. Hans Konig.

In his speech the President of the Union - CSLI addressed the Lazarus Union mission statement, giving a short summary of the history of the organisation and the problems and difficulties to be mastered so today's status could be reached. The Lazarus Union is a world-wide accredited charitable organisation with lots of activities on charity, humane, and peace-keeping fields, listed as NGO with the United Nations and soon receiving UN status of a consultative organisation. While the Lazarus Union is neither a spiritual nor a profane order it shall not forget its roots. This was represented by the members of "Milites Sancti Imperii" in their historic costumes, thus spanning the tradition from the past to the present. The Grand Master also thanked the postulants who would next in public avow themselves to the mission statement and the fundamental ideas of the Lazarus Union.

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A number of postulants and dignitaries were admitted into the Knighthood of Honour and promotions were also conducted. The event was a huge success and all the participants and their guests had high words of praise for this investiture.

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