The Order of DeMolay was founded in 1919 in Kansas City, Missouri by Dad Frank Sherman Land. The Order began with nine young men on a baseball team and one man. DeMolay originally was for young men who lost their father in World War I and who needed a Father figure in their life. Since 1919, the Order of DeMolay has built many leaders in cities, states, and nation.
The current emblem used by DeMolay International was designed by our founder Dad Frank S. Land in 1949. Each part of the emblem has a particular significance. Maybe the most significant part of the emblem is the 10 red rubies placed around the perimeter of the emblem. They represent the nine original DeMolays and the founder Dad Frank S. Land. Originally all the rubies were white precious stones but the Shield Talk describes it best, " When, as comes to every man, the final summons for each of this honored group, a red ruby takes the place of a pearl."