I'm Receiving A Knighthood!

Dear Friends

I'm receiving a Knighthood in the oldest order of chivalry in the world: The Knights of Malta ( full name: The Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem, Rhodes, and Malta). It was formed in the Holy Land in 1048. To put this in perspective, The American Medical Association and the Salvation Army were both founded in the mid 1800"s( 1847, 1865 respectively). By this time, the Knights of Malta had already been treating the sick and poor for about 800 years! The Knights of Malta are about 870 years older than the British Knighthood (which is an outstanding honour.) 

I'll be flying to Malta in early Feb for the investitujre ceremony, and yes they do use a sword and tap you on the shoulder and say "Arise Sir Gary Samer!!"

It's an incedible honour but only if I use it to further my work with the sick and poor and live according to the knightly virtues of Courage,Truth, Honesty, Integrity, Humility.

I'd better brush up the old tuxedo and try to bring a bit of respectability to my beloved but severely battered Doxa Sea Hunter!! 

I'd love to manifest a VC Overseas Auto White Dial between now and then. After all, the Knights of Malta are the oldest, most prestigious order of chivalry in the world and use the Maltese Cross as it's emblem and VC are the oldest, most prestigious watchmakers in the world and use the Maltese Cross as their emblem. A perfect match!!

I'll post a few pics after the event.

ps The kids are already calling me Sir Dad, my wife says NO WAY is she calling me Sir!! ( Rodney Dangerfield: "I get no respect!)

Cheers. Gary 

Knights of Malta Emblem I'm Receiving A Knighthood!
11/24/2009 - 06:36
Sir Gary Samer, it sure has a nice ring to it :-)  [almost as nice as the sound of a VC minute repeater] A truly well deserved honor for the work you do with the sick and the poor. Best Regards, Dan
Sorry, that should have been AMAZING and CONGRATULATIONS!
11/24/2009 - 06:40
My keyboard has been acting up and I didn't proofread before posting.
11/24/2009 - 06:43
Much congratulations.
Congratulations Sir Gary Samer.
11/24/2009 - 09:47
It's a great honour but I'm sure you deserve it. Honour it.
Wow !. Congratulations Sir Gary Samer (nt)
11/24/2009 - 11:58
11/24/2009 - 12:48

Congratulations, Sir Gary Cramer. It would have been nice if they also bestowed VC watches on their knigts. All the best, Kazumi

Congratulations Sir
11/24/2009 - 16:26
Sir Gary, One of the most worthy reasons to receive such an honor. Many heartfelt congratulations. And remember, when somebody says "excuse me, sir", make sure to reply: "you got that right!"
Now that is an honor worth celebrating...
11/24/2009 - 18:57
Congratulations Sir Gary!  Regards, Ray
That's great! Congratulations Sir :) nt
11/25/2009 - 10:28
Hats off to you Sir, you are obviously a man of heart and
11/25/2009 - 10:40
generosits. Congratulations! ...and hope you get a VC for the occasion
Gentlemen-thank you all for your kind words.
11/25/2009 - 11:32
I always feel like I'm in great company on the HL...
11/28/2009 - 00:00
...but Gary, this is FANTASTIC! Such a prestigious honor - one that money can't buy, and must be earned... you must have accomplished great things!! Sir, you really should treat yourself to an OS, if you're getting the title then you definitely deserve the VC! I do look forward to seeing all the pics from the ceremony It reminds me that about 7 years ago, I almost became a Count (or was it a Baron?). At the time I was toldtjat for about £100, you could get a company that would give you a very small plot of land, and the title to go with it. And so I almost became the Count of Hamstecheschire (name invented by yours truly). It would have been great to be able to force my employer to change my business cards, but after some further research I was disappointed to see that it would not legally work so I didn't go ahead with it... Congrats again Sir! Francois
Re: I always feel like I'm in great company on the HL...
11/28/2009 - 01:11
Thank you Francois. I had 10 years in the UK back in the 70's. It was a big thing then to buy a 1 square foot of land and thereby have the title Lord/Count/Baron. Didn't know it was still around! The closest I've come up til now is having a 1 square foot of land on the Scottish island of Islay as part of The Friends of Laphroaig( single malt) program! No title goes with it,but if I ever visit I can collect my free dram for rent!! Any spare money that I have ever had,and there isn't much with a wife, 4 children, 3 dogs, 2 cats and a horse!, has always gone towards my work. I'll just have to find a way to justify a VC OS to myself.! Cheers. Gary