Ask the Chairman - Changes to the Vigil Sash
Q. Dear Mr. Capp,
I am a new Ordeal member and I have been wondering why did Order of the Arrow change the Vigil triangle on the Vigil sash? I have been looking through old photos of the Order of the Arrow and saw how E. Urner Goodman, Caroll A. Edson, and others would have a Vigil triangle outside the Order of the Arrow Vigil sash. I am just curious and would greatly appreciate if you could answer my question.
Yours in Brotherhood,
Thank you for your question. Over the years the OA sash has evolved. The very first sash for Vigil Honor (then called Third Degree) members was a “bib sash” constructed of three separate bands and was worn by Goodman and Edson in 1921. The first over-the-shoulder Vigil Honor sashes (then called Third Degree bands) were issued in 1922, made of wool felt, and featured a
large felt triangle with three arrows.
Around 1951 the Vigil sash was changed to a small silk-screened triangle. In 1955 the felt sashes were replaced with the now familiar embroidered sashes; the Vigil Honor sash with the smaller triangle.
It sounds like you might be interested in learning more about the history of the OA sash. I would suggest the OA History Timeline:
I hope you will continue to learn more about the rich history of the Order as we approach our Centennial Celebration!
All my best,
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