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|July, 2003 contributions from W.B. Wayne Carter|
|History Lesson: 4TH OF JULY
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration
|October, 2002 contributions from Bro. Carl Piazza|
Have you ever noticed how, when THE AMERICAN FLAG IS on TV or at military
funerals that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding
the American flag 13 times?
Here it is:
~The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
There are some traditions and ways of doing things which have deep meaning. You will see many flags folded in the coming weeks, and now you will know why.
Material provided by W.B. Wayne Carter,
from Masonic Quiz Book 1949, 1950
Joseph Brant was a Mohawk Indian who was initiated into Masonry in London in 1776. While in command of some Indian troops in the British service, he was to prepare Captain McKinsty, an officer in the Colonial army for torture, when he noticed the mystic appeal in the hour of danger, whereupon he interposed and saved his brother from his impending fate. He rescued McKinsty, took him to Quebec, and placed him in the hands of English Masons, who eventually returned him, uninjured to the American outposts. Years afterwards Brant visited McKinsty at his home in Greendale N.Y.
Brother Frederick A. Bartholdi, a member of Lodge Alsace-Lorraine (formed in 1872), began to design the mammoth figure known as the Statue of Liberty. He addressed his Lodge on June 19, 1884 explaining his model and the purpose behind the proposal. He again addressed the Lodge on November 13, 1887, giving the methods adopted for the erection. He finally addressed his Lodge in 1887 to tell of the ardent welcome he had received from his brethren and friends in America.
The Cornerstone was laid in a Masonic ceremony 1884. It was dedicated October 28, 1886.
General James Harold Doolittle has a most unique history regarding his
Masonic membership due to his army connections in World War I. Acting
under a special dispensation from the Grand Lodge of California, Hollenbeck
Lodge No. 319, F. & A.M., of Los Angeles, elected him to receive the
three degrees of Masonry on August 8, 1918. The candidate was at
the time in Louisiana with the air force and had received orders to go
overseas immediately. In consequence, the Grand Lodge of Louisiana
issued a special dispensation allowing him to be initiated, passed, and
raised during one meeting in Lake Charles Lodge No. 165, F.&A.M. on
August 16, 1918. On October 19, 1945, General Doolittle received
the 33rd degree at the House of the Temple in Washington with, among others,
President Harry S. Truman, General Henry Harley Arnold, and James Cash
When the Liberty Bell cracked. Tradition states that the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia cracked while tolling the death of the
John Marshall, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, known as the "Father of the Judiciary".
He was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Virginia, 1793- 95.
Inaugural bibles are furnished by the U.S. President-Elect, but George Washington did not bring one. Aides ran across
the street from the Inaugural site in New York City and borrowed the altar Bible from St. John's Lodge No. 1 (then No. 2) for the ceremony.
Freemason David Crockett was a Colonel in the Army, a Congressman and a well known backwoodsman. During the "Battle of the Alamo" he was captured by the Enemy Commander, Santa Ana, a Mexican Freemason.
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