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"Friendship, Leadership, and Service"


APO Fact Sheet

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Nation's Largest Collegiate Fraternity with more than 17,000 members at 361 campuses

Nation's Oldest Service Fraternity

Founded in 1925 at Layfayette College

350,000 members since founding

Three Cardinal Principles: Friendship, Leadership, and SERVICE

 

 


 

 

   Our Symbols

In the early days of our Fraternity our Founders chose recognizable objects that would be representative symbols of the spirit of our guiding principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service. They selected items of historical and traditional value and notability. The meaning and definitions of these symbols have not changed in our lifetimes, and likely will not change in the future.

 

 

 

Jewel

Diamond
The most precious of all gemstones representing brilliance, luster, always increasing in value, and an expression of the greatest gift of love when given.

 

 

Flower

Forget-Me-Not
A perennial flower with royal blue blossoms. It is everlasting, always remembered.

 

 

Tree

Oak
We have all heard from a parent or mentor at least once in our lives the story of the sturdy oak tree that grew from a small acorn. The oak is stately, sturdy, and sheltering.

 

 

Colors

Blue and Gold
Our color of blue is a royal blue color. It is elegant, a sign of pure deed and thought. A color in our nation's flag.
Our color of gold is called "old glory" gold. A color also found in the nation's flag (fringe and tassels). It represents the high value, respect, royalty, and a sign of love.

 

 

Bird

Golden Eagle
At the 1976 National Convention the delegates chose another symbol to further this richness of our history and traditions. They declared the golden eagle as a new Fraternity symbol. An eagle is often found as a standard or as a part of the seal of a nation. The golden eagle symbolizes strength, gracefulness, keenness of vision, and endurance.

 


 



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