UNITED WE STAND
THIS IS NEBRASKA
The following address is for videos of Nebraska from U-Tube. Pay special attention to a song by Ginger ten Bensel from KHAS -TV
in Hastings, Nebraska who wrote and performed the song "I LOVE NEBRASKA"
On this string of videos is also a song called "BEAUTIFUL NEBRASKA" by Jim Fras
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA FOOTBALL
OF OUR MASONIC BROTHER GERALD RUDOLPH FORD
THE 38TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
"Well done good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord"
(to view the Masonic Record of our Brother, go to the Grand Lodge Page)
FROM TOM KENNEDY ONE OF OUR HARLEY RIDERS ON VALENTINES DAY
What would you do?
The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The
I HAPPENED TO RECEIVE THIS STORY ABOUT A PAINTER OF PICTURES FROM DEB KENDLE. AFTER SEEING THIS VIDEO, I SAW A FAMILIAR FACE. ARROW DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE ARTICLE ABOUT KARLA COMFORT AND HER HUMVEE AND CLICK ON THE VIDEO.
IN CASE ANYONE IS ABOUT TO FORGET ABOUT THIS ---
Just a reminder for those who ask why we are over thereIF anyone has forgotten.
On this date 9/11/2007, this tribute to those who died and those who helped in this tragedy should be seen by every American. Due to the heavy traffic at this site, it may load very, very, slowly. Be patient.
Received on Sunday, January 28th, 2007
HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 33 - as proposed in the
H. RES. 33
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 5, 2007
Resolved, That the House of Representatives recognizes the thousands of Freemasons in every State in the Nation and honors them for their many contributions to the Nation throughout its history.
American Masons should contact their Congressman to support this bill!
Go to the Grand York Rite Page for the Memorials of:
Donald O. Bickham and Fred R. Prell
MASONIC ACTIVITIES IN THE LINCOLN AND NEBRASKA AREA
PLEASE CLICK ON THE ABOVE BUTTON LABELED 'MASONRY' UNDER MASONRY NEBRASKA TO GAIN ACCESS TO THESE MASONIC ACTIVITIES AND DATES.
Because of Masonic Activities that are planned on the same date, we will hopefully attempt to alleviate some of these problems. The following are dates that have come to light from Blue Lodges, Shrine, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Order of Eastern Star, Nile, and Youth Organizations to this editor. Please e-mail the Webmaster if you have a date that you would like to post.
This from W.B.Wade Kendle on November 30th, 2006
It's only fitting that
I pass this on since my brother is currently
YOU MIGHT BE A MASON IF:
We have enjoyed the redneck jokes for years. Here's an
interesting spin that you might enjoy. We all respect the core beliefs of a
culture that values home, family, country and God. If I had to stand before a
dozen terrorists who threaten my life, I'd choose a half dozen or so Masons to
back me up.
From Shriners 2000
"THE EMPTY CHAIR"
Arlington National Cemetery
Click on the above address and witness one of the most moving videos I have ever seen. This concerns the Worcester Wreath Project and the assembling and placing of over 5,000 wreaths on every grave in Arlington Cemetery. My thanks to W.B. Wade Kendle for sending this article. This Video speaks for many of us.
Wreaths Across America
To see more about the Worcester Wreath Project and Wreaths Across America, visit The American Legion Riders Page and learn more about The Wreaths Across America Project and when it will be in Nebraska. It is slated to be in Omaha at Forest Lawn Cemetery and at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell...
Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.
From Leonard Bibler of Alaska on November 15th, 2006
Xerox is doing something cool!
If you go to this web site, www.letssaythanks.com you can pick out a thank
you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is
currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to
some member of the armed services.
How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! This
is a great site. Please send a card. It is FREE and it only takes a second.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether
you are for or against the war, our guys and gals over there need to know we
are behind them...
(After you send a card, Please come back to this site.)
(After you send a card, Please come back to this site.)
If tomorrow all the things were gone
I'd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again
with my children and my wife,
I'd thank my lucky stars
to be living here today,
'Cause the flag that stands for freedom
and they can't take that away.
I'm proud to be an American
where at least I know I'm free,
and I won't forget the men who died
who gave that right to me,
and I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.
From the lakes of Minnesota
to the hills of Tennessee,
Across the plains of Texas
from sea to shining sea,
From Detroit down to Houston
and New York to L.A.,
There's pride in every American heart
and its time we stand and say:
I'm proud to be an American
where at least I know I'm free,
and I won't forget the men who died
who gave that right to me,
and I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.
Song by Lee Greenwood
September 11, 2001
An open letter to a terrorist:
Well, you hit the World Trade Center, but you missed America! You hit the Pentagon, but you missed America! You used helpless American citizens, to take out other American citizens, but like a poor marksman, you STILL missed America!
Why? Because of something you guys will never understand. America isn't about a building or two, not about financial centers, not about military centers, America isn't about a place, America isn't even about its citizens . America is about an IDEA. An idea, that you can go someplace where you can earn as much as you can figure out how to, live for the most part, like you envisioned living, and pursue happiness. (No guarantees that you'll reach it, but you can sure try!)
Go ahead and whine your terrorist whine, and chant your terrorist litany: "If you can not see my point, then feel my pain." This concept is alien to Americans. We live in a country where we don't have to see your point. But you're free to have one. We don't have to listen to your speech, but you're free to say one. Don't know where you got the strange idea that everyone has to agree with you. We don't agree with each other in this country, almost as a matter of pride. We're a collection of people that don't agree, called States. We united our individual states to protect ourselves from tyranny in the world. Another idea, we made up on the spot. You CAN make it up as you go, when it's your country.
If you're free enough.
Yeah, we're fat, sloppy, easy-going people most of the time. That's an unfortunate image to project to the world, but it comes of feeling free and easy about the world you live in. It's unfortunate too, because people start to forget that when you attack Americans, they tend to fight like a cornered badger. The first we knew of the War of 1812, was when England burned Washington D.C. to the ground. Didn't turn out like England thought it was going to, and it's not going to turn out like you think, either. Sorry, but you're not the first bully on our shores, just the most recent.
No Marquis of Queensbury rules for Americans, either. We were the FIRST and so far, only country in the world to use nuclear weapons in anger. Horrific idea, nowadays? News for you bucko, it was back then too, but we used it anyway. Only had two of them in the whole world and we used 'em both. Grandpa Jones worked on the Manhattan Project. Told me once, that right up until they threw the switch, the physicists were still arguing over whether the Uranium alone would fission, or whether it would start a fissioning chain reaction that would end everything. But they threw the switch anyway, because we had a War to win. Does that tell you something about American Resolve?
So who just declared War on us? It would be nice to point to some real estate, like the good old days. Unfortunately, we're probably at war with random camps, in far-flung places ... who think they're safe. Just like the Barbary Pirates did. Better start sleeping with one eye open.
There's a spirit that tends to take over people who come to this country, looking for opportunity, looking for liberty, looking for freedom. Even if they misuse it. The Marielistas that Castro emptied out of his prisons, were overjoyed to find out how much freedom there was. First thing they did when they hit our shores, was run out and buy guns. The ones that didn't end up dead, ended up in prisons.
You people seem to be incapable of understanding that we don't live IN America, America lives in US! American Spirit is what it's called ... and killing a few thousand of us, or a few million of us, won't change it. Most of the time, it's a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of Spirit, until we're crossed in a cowardly manner, then it becomes an entirely different kind of Spirit!
Wait until you see what we do with that Spirit, this time.
Sleep tight, if you can. We're coming.
MASONRY NEBRASKA COMMUNICATION
From Harold Nelson on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
When everything seems so serious, here is a cute picture sent to me by Harold. May we always appreciate the good in daily living.
From Tom Kennedy on Sunday, July 30th, 2006
Greetings, I have attached information and a link to my daughters Fund Raiser website that she started with another lady.
The photo is of two of my grandchildren that both have implanted defibrillators. Please forward so that others may be made aware. Thank You, Tom
To all who come this way, Tomorrow, Saturday, July 22nd is the Nebraska Shrine Football Parade and Game. Go to the Shrine Football Bowl Page for further information.
MEMORIAL DAY 2006
To some of you who remember a Movie Battle of the Korean war, Bridges of ToKo-Ri, this video e-card from Doug Coppi will bring back some memories. Doug Coppi from Stand-ye-Steady Productions has sent this e-card for us to remember honoring our fallen heros.
To you who also saw the Movie, "We Were Soldiers" on CBS Sunday, will recognize this hymn sung by the fine young men and women of the Glee Club Cadets of the United States Military Academy. Click on this address:
This second video e-card is the hymn "Lest We Forget", honoring those who "gave their full measure of devotion." See and hear the the rest of the album on the "Chanters Page" or the "Recordings Page." Click on the following address:
To Doug Coppi,
Many Thanks for this fine Memorial of our Fallen Heros.
D-Day + 1
The Longest Day
This from Doug Coppi for a Rousing Fourth of July e-card sent on July 4th, 2006.
Thank You, Doug.
From Doug Coppi on Sunday, September 10th, 2006
Attached is a special extended mix of the song Men of Freedom from my CD/DVD Stand Ye Steady (www.standyesteady.com ). I had it mixed at Sony Music Studios way back in October, 2004 in anticipation of the 5th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York City and Washington.
(Editors Note: Go to the Chanters Page for Lyrics)
In this mix, the USMA Cadet Glee Club sings through the secular, though no less inspiring, lyrics twice then concludes with the sacred lyrics carrying the message of the Gospel and that of Christian Freedom. I wrote the sacred lyrics FIRST during the week immediately following the attacks 5 years ago. I added the secular lyrics 3 years later. (The notion of “Christian Freedom” was taught to me by Reverend Earnest Gordon, Dean of the Princeton University Chapel, and survivor of the death camp associated with the Railroad of Death in Thailand during WWII – the real Bridge On The River Kwai. He became a Christian when the prisoners started the “Church Without Walls” amidst their brutal Japanese captors. In fact, the fellow prisoner who cared for young Ernie, nursed him back to life from near death and read the Bible to him was eventually crucified by the Japanese.)
A week ago, I received a very moving letter from a U.S. Army Chaplain in Taji, Iraq that thanked me for the encouragement this song in part provided our troops so I thought I would share it with everyone along with the special mix. Set against the increasing volume of political debate, special investigations, commission reports and reelections, there are Americans faithfully following their orders to roust out, confront, and win a war against an extremism that reared its evil head 5 years ago, murdered family and friends and hates us. Our servicemen and women have been at it a long time and need our continuing support and prayers.
I’ve reproduced the letter here in its entirety for you. Chaplain Steve first tracked me down after his congregation at the Warrior Chapel in Iraq had listened to a CD of my Messiah production which was the first ever recorded live along the Sea of Galilee at Tabgha where Jesus fed the 5,000. He requested any other inspirational material my company, Curtain Call Productions, had produced. It broke my heart because he asked only for “seconds” or “used copies”. I sent them complimentary brand new copies of the Messiah CD and DVD production ALONG WITH Stand Ye Steady CDs and DVDs which he did not yet know about.
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This is U.S. Army Chaplain Steve calling again from Warrior Chapel in Taji, Iraq. Thank you very much for your most kind gift of Curtain Call’s DVDs and CDs. Perfect selections. Wonderful stuff! You must have made Stand Ye Steady just for us! We can understand why you have received so much positive feedback. We appreciate your thinking of us, sharing your magnificent production and contributing to the ministry of our Warrior Chapel Lending Library.
Did you hear about the large unit from Alaska that had an extra four months added to their one year deployment? They have now been attached to our unit for a big operation in Baghdad. Cracking that nut is the key to finishing this mission. They need some encouragement. What you sent is the perfect balm.
Thanks again for your support. And thank you for your prayers. God bless you and your family and all the good people in Washington, D.C.
Remembering all those lost in New York City and Washington that day.
MEMORIAL OF BENJAMIN JAMES SLAVEN
Go to the Patriot Guard Riders Page to see the Memorial of Ben Slaven in words and pictures of June 20th, 2006.
ABOUT SERGEANT LONNIE CALVIN ALLEN JR.
Go to the American Legion Riders Page on this website for the Memorial and Pictures of Calvin Allen, Jr. He was proud to be of Service to his Country. Go to the Patriot Guard Riders Page for more on Sergeant Calvin Allen, Jr.
ABOUT GARRISON AVERY
Garrison Avery is like so many of our young soldiers who have given their lives for the cause of freedom and to whom we are all indebted. Go to the Masonic Motorcycle Club Page for Pictures.
The 24th Medical Evac Program can be seen on the Masonic Motorcycle Club Page
Celebration of the Life of Garrison C. Avery
1st Lt. 101st Airborne Division
The sad thing about war is there are always casualties. On February 1st, 2006, this very fine young man, this young officer, lost his life by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
On February 25th, 2006, Garrison C. Avery, was immortalized by his grieving parents and relatives, many friends, and many past and present soldiers in arms, at a church service at First Evangelical Free Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Many of our Nations Leaders, Governor Dave Heineman, Senators' Chuck Hagel and Ben Nelson, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, and Mayor of Lincoln, Coleen Seng paid tribute to the memory of this fine young man.
It was said by those who knew him about the life he led, from when he graduated from Lincoln High School. He served in the Big Red ROTC at the University of Nebraska. He was accepted into the US Military Academy where he graduated with honors. It was said by Senator Ben Nelson that Garrison had written him a letter when he was 10 years old that he wanted to be accepted to attend the Academy and the Senator wrote back that he needed to apply when he was 17 years old but to keep up his grades. When he did apply he was accepted. It was also said of Garrison that coming up through the ranks, he was always there to help his lower classmen and never belittle anyone.
After attending the Academy, He was sent to Iraq where he led his group until he was killed by that roadside bomb. He was distinguished by receiving many medals from his country. He will be missed by the many people who knew him.
Another sad thing of the times that we live in are the people who came to Lincoln to protest against what this fine young man stood for. Thank God, they were kept well away from the family and the service by the Lincoln Police and our Patriot Riders. May these people one day grow up and see the light.
The following words is to a very moving song dedicated to our fallen heros and is magnificently sang by the West Point Military Cadet Glee Club as was played at the Memorial Service of Garrison C. Avery and I quote:
To fallen soldiers let us sing,
where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord
No more bleeding,
No more fight,
No prayers fleeting through the night,
Just Divine embrace
In the Mansions of the Lord
Where no Mothers cry
And no Children weep,
We will stand and guard
Though the Angels sleep,
All through the ages safely keep
To also go to a very fine Website for Veterans and all Americans, please go to this address to hear these beautiful passages sang by the U.S. West Point Glee Club:
To hear the full album of the U.S. West Point Glee Club, Go to
O, O take me home
Home to the people
I left behind
Home to the love
I’ll know I’ll find
O take me home
Lyrics and Music: Phil Coulter/Additional Lyrics–I Am a Soldier:
Doug Coppi/Arrangement: Donald Fraser
At 29 Palms in California Brian Chontosh was presented with the Navy Cross, the second highest award
for combat bravery the United States can bestow..
Husband and about-to-be father. First lieutenant (now Captain) in the United States Marine Corps.
And a genuine hero, the secretary of the Navy said so yesterday.
"By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, 1st Lt. Chontosh reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service."
To go to this story of Brian Chontosh, click on this address:
This from Ben Steen of Oklahoma City & Shriners 2000 on Thanksgiving 2006
This from one of our SeaBee Veterans of Nebraska, Ronald Zeiger, Syracuse, Nebraska:
Subject: Sears and Reservists
I assume you have all seen the reports about how Sears is treating its reservist employees who are called up? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up...Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years. I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution.
So I, decided to check it out before I sent it forward. I sent the following email to the Sears Customer Service Department:
I received this email and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your store. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item even if it was cheaper at the other store.
Here is their answer to my email......................
Thank you for contacting Sears.
The information is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback. Sears regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time.
Sears Customer Care
Please pass this on to all your friends, Sears needs to be recognized for this outstanding contribution and we need to show them as Americans. We do appreciate what they are doing for our military!!!!!!!!!!!
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KARLA COMFORT AND HER HUMVEE
March 2, 2006)
Karla Comfort received a lot of looks and even some salutes from people when she drove from Benton, Ark., to Camp Pendleton, Calif., in her newly-painted, custom Hummer H3 March 2. The vehicle is adorned with the likeness of! her son, 20-year-old Lance Cpl. John M. Holmason, and nine other Marines with F Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division who where all killed by the same improvised explosive device blast in Fallujah, Iraq, in December
For Karla Comfort, having the vehicle air brushed with the image of the 10 Marines was a way to pay homage to her hero and his fellow comrades who fell on Iraq's urban battlefield.
"I wanted to let people know (Marines) are doing their jobs honorably, and some of them die," said the 39-year-old from Portland, OR "I don't want people to forget the sacrifices that my son and the other Marines made."
Leading up to her son's death, Karla Comfort had received several letters
from him prior to his return. He had been deployed for five months, and Comfort
"worried everyday he was gone until she got the letters and found out the date
he was coming home," she said.
"I saw a Vietnam (War) memorial on a car, and I said to my son Josh, 'we should do something like that for John,' she recalled. "He loved Hummers."
She purchased the vehicle in January and immediately took it to AirbrushGuy &Co. in Benton, Ark. , where artist Robert Powell went to work on changing the plain, black vehicle into a decorative, mobile, art piece.
"I only had the vehicle for two days before we took it in," she joked.
Two hundred and fifty man-hours later, Powell had completed the vehicle. The
custom job would have cost $25,000. Out of respect for Karla Comfort's loss and
the sacrifices the Marines made, AirbrushGuy &Co. did it for free. Comfort only
had to purchase the paint, which cost $3,000.
Karla Comfort gave Powell basic instructions on what to include in the paint
job. But in addition to the image of her son in Dress Blues and the faces of the
nine other Marines, there were several surprises. "He put a lot more on than I
expected," she said. "I think my favorite part is the heaven scene."
"Along the way I got nothing but positive feedback from people," she said.
"What got to me was when people would salute the guys (Marines). It's hard to
look at his picture. I still cry and try to get used to the idea, but it's hard
to grasp the idea that he's really gone."
THIS EVERYONE SHOULD SEE
THANKS FOR THE PATRIOTISM OF THIS LADY!
SEE IF ONE OF THESE PORTRAITS IS ONE OF CPL. HOLMASON.
IT WILL BREAK YOUR HEART.
How does One Copyright Freemasonry and for What Good
It seems to me that Masonry has a problem with already being relevant in our Communities of Nebraska. Not only that, but we have a broader problem with getting the word out. What good comes from Copyrighting our own Grand Lodge material to make this problem larger. You have a Website for the purpose of getting the word out, then you quell others for helping. No one man or one organization owns Masonry, Nor should any organization try to quell masonry. If we do, are we shooting ourselves in the foot?
We should not be so selfish or standoffish that we appear to be a secret organization. We are not a secret organization. We are proud of our Grand Lodge and our Masters and Officers who serve.
This Website is from a Master Mason who is just that a Master Mason. You say, Well who does he think he is, speaking for Freemasonry? Who else can better speak for Freemasonry than a Master Mason who Masonry is supposed to serve? I do not publish this Website for the purpose of Aggrandizing myself nor does any Mason. If we don't get over this idea, we are headed for trouble.
The printed word for Freemasonry as editorials belongs to everybody. If it is good enough to print, it should be good enough to copy and to spread the word, lest we get back to "secrets".
Our forefathers taught us this. Remember the Patriots that signed the Declaration of Independence with their lives on the line. On that paper are the thoughts of individual men. Do you think that Masonry comes from a Great group of men who sits down together and dictates what Masonry is? Of course not. It does come from individuals whose moral being help to decide what Masonry is. Masonry can be added to from the thoughts of other individual Masons and this should not be secret.
On this Website, any source that a printed article is borrowed from is credited to that source. Likewise, any article can be copied from this Website if due consideration is given to the source and now needs permission.
How can Masonry help our country become better than it is if we "Copyright" everything we do or think? What is the purpose of our Websites. Worse yet, is what we do for Freemasonry just to be kept among ourselves or do we expect everyone of our countrymen to pay for the privilege of reading and hearing Masonry.
There is another way of thinking. This editor has had this site up since 1999. No one, with the exception of a half a dozen times, has anyone contacted me or thanked me for my efforts or asked me if it was alright to copy anything. The thoughts included in my website have been some of my own and, of course, others which is Masonry, but the work and expense of research, keeping this site up, and published is mine. I think it is time that we communicate with each other. As other websites go to a "Copyright", I am considering the same thing. If I go to another "Copyright" website and request a copy, they will expect me to do the same thing. Also, I know that copies that have been made of my website do not always include where the information came from and in some cases the information can be used in an unlawful manner. Therefore, from this date, February 10th, 2006, Masonry Nebraska is to be considered a "Copyright" Website and anyone using this material needs to have this editors permission to copy anything from this Website.
Roger W. Miner
The following Oration was given by the Grand Lodge of Nebraska at the Cornerstone Laying at the FSA Building in Minden.
Grand Lodge of Nebraska Oration-Minden, Nebraska
The Grand Lodge of Nebraska receives numerous requests to officiate in dedication and cornerstone ceremonies throughout the state. Nebraska Masons have laid many cornerstones in schools, churches, government buildings and other public edifices.
On any given weekend your Grand Lodge officers travel a combined 6,000 – 10,000 miles to fulfill the privileges bestowed upon us by our members. It is considered a great honor by Masons to perform this service for their communities and Minden is no exception. This community is to be commended on this extraordinary edifice that we dedicate here today.
As the Grand Lodge officers travel the four-corners of the state we are frequently asked why Masons participate in building dedications and the laying of cornerstones such as this one we did today.
Much of the history and legends of the traditional cornerstone laying has been lost in the haze of antiquity. But this we do know. Benjamin Franklin, one of many famous Masons and Grand Master of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (long before it became a state) laid a Masonic Cornerstone at Independence Hall. You may recall that was where the Declaration of Independence was drafted on July 4, 1776 and a Constitutional Convention was later held.
In 1793 our first president and Masonic Brother George Washington, ceremonially laid the first of five cornerstones at what was ultimately to become the Capital Building in Washington D.C. Most of the Federal Buildings in our nation’s capital have Masonic Cornerstones. The city itself was laid out by a French Mason named LaFonte under the direction of George Washington.
While the Masonic Cornerstone you witnessed today is largely symbolic, our forefathers would literally lay the cornerstone or foundation stone. Most of the early stones were laid as part of the foundation and as such were below grade. Today the Masonic Cornerstones are laid above ground and frequently a time capsule is placed behind the stone.
Freemasonry was the foundation upon which this great Republic was founded. Masonry was vital to the stability of this new experiment in government called Democracy.
Masons believed that a Nation could actually be created of the people, by the people and for the people; that all men were created equal and that if the men who were Masons, practiced the Masonic principles outside the lodges then a Nation based upon those principles could actually exist and flourish. We stand here today, almost 230 years later, as living proof that they were right.
The Masonic Lodge was transported to this new world from another free and independent nation known as Great Britain. England still stands today as one of our most cherished and trusted allies. Masonry is still strong throughout England, much of Europe and it reaches into free countries throughout the world.
Masons believe that governments consisting of general dictatorships are not consistent with the ideas and concepts of Masonry. Among our ranks were men such as Paul Revere, John Hancock, the Minutemen, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, Daniel Boon, Lewis and Clark, Davy Crockett, George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, John Wayne, Red Skelton, Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, Walter Chrysler, the Wright Brothers, 15 U.S. presidents, dozens of astronauts and the list goes on.
Freemasonry became and remains today, one of the guiding lights and basic structure of our national, state and local governments. In fact, the Statue of Liberty was conceived and designed by a French Mason. A Masonic Cornerstone was placed at its base in 1884.
One hundred years later when Miss Liberty was in desperate need of restoration, Masons from across this great Nation opened up their hearts and purse strings responding to the call with well over $2 million dollars in donations.
So it is today, we continue our Masonic practice of dedicating cornerstones and buildings which are literally cornerstones of freedom that have been passed down through the generations. There are over 15,000 Masons in Nebraska that would be pleased to explain more about Masonry, should you desire to perpetuate freedom and to help one another.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day. Your invitation provided us one more opportunity to fulfill our goals of perpetuating freedom and helping our fellow man.
May God Bless. Thank you.
To see this story in pictures and captions, go to the Table of Contents Page and click on the Sir Galahad Drill Team Page and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
THE 4TH OF JULY
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he
lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: freedom is never free!
I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as you can, please. It's time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games
In memory of the countless thousands of twelve nations and our own citizens who lost their lives in the tsunami that swept over the beaches without warning on December 26th, 2004. May we ever be on guard that this terrible tragedy may never happen again.
I received this from WB Mike Lagueux of Lancaster Lodge #54 currently serving in Iraq. I found it interesting and felt the urge to send it on. If you’d like more info, check this site out: https://www.pms317.navy.mil/ships/lpd21.asp
W.B. Wade Kendle
Subject: Fw: USS New York
Thought you might find this interesting.
USS New York is about
45 percent complete
and should be ready for launch in mid-2007.
Katrina disrupted construction when it pounded the Gulf Coast last
summer, but the 684-foot vessel escaped serious damage, and workers
were back at the yard near New Orleans two weeks after the storm.
It is the fifth in a new
class of warship - designed for missions that include special
operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and
700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and
"It would be fitting if
the first mission this ship would go on is to make sure that bin Laden
is taken out, his terrorist organization is taken out," said Glenn
Clement, a paint foreman. "He came in through the back door and
knocked our towers down and (the New York) is coming right through the
front door, and we want them to know that."
Steel from the World
Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, La., to cast the
ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9,
2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,"
recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual
moment for everybody there."
Junior Chavers, foundry
operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first
arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood
"It had a big meaning to
it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us
down. We're going to be back."
The ship's motto? -
This came as an e-mail 0n 5-25-2006 from Mike Berger written By David
Beamer, father of Todd Beamer
AT WAR United 93 The filmmakers got it right. BY DAVID BEAMER Thursday, April 27, 2006 12:01 a.m. The calendar says it's April 25, 2006. At noon, my wife, Peggy, and
I are walking around Battery Park--near the Tribeca area--in New York.
It is our first time. The flowers are blooming; kids are fishing;
people boarding the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Kids are laughing and noisy. The sun is shining. The vendors are
hawking T-shirts, pretzels and some "designer" wares. And just up the
street there is a hole in the skyline and in the ground. In the park,
there is a memorial with walls standing tall. Walls filled with so
many names of those who gave their all in the Atlantic in World War
II. How fitting that the names are here to honor those who gave their
lives to enable this fun, this laughter--on this sunny day. The sights
and sounds of freedom continue. Fast forward--it is 10:30 p.m., April 25. We have just seen a movie
premiere at the fifth annual Tribeca Film Festival. A film festival
that has done so much to energize and revitalize the city, its people
and especially the area that has that hole in the skyline and in the
ground. This year the movie that had its worldwide premiere at the
festival is titled "United 93." It is about the day when the hole in
the skyline of New York was made--the day when a hole was made in the
side of the Pentagon near Washington, D.C.--the day when a hole was
made in a quiet mountain meadow in Pennsylvania. The day that our
nation was attacked; the day when the war came home--Sept. 11, 2001.
The day our son Todd boarded United 93. Paul Greengrass and Universal set out to tell the story of United
Flight 93 on that terrible day in our nation's history. They set about
the task of telling this story with a genuine intent to get it
right--the actions of those on board and honor their memory. Their
extensive research included reaching out to all the families who had
lost loved ones on United Flight 93 as the first casualties of this
war. And Paul and his team got it right. There are those who question the timing of this project and the
painful memories it evokes. Clearly, the film portrays the reality of
the attack on our homeland and its terrible consequences. Often we
attend movies to escape reality and fantasize a bit. In this case and
at this time, it is appropriate to get a dose of reality about this
war and the real enemy we face. It is not too soon for this story to
be told, seen and heard. But it is too soon for us to become
complacent. It is too soon for us to think of this war in only
national terms. We need to be mindful that this enemy, who made those
holes in our landscape and caused the deaths of some 3,000 of our
fellow free people, has a vision to personally kill or convert each
and every one of us. This film reminds us that this war is personal.
This enemy is on a fanatical mission to take away our lives and
liberty--the liberty that has been secured for us by those whose names
are on those walls in Battery Park and so many other walls and stones
throughout this nation. This enemy seeks to take away the free will
that our Creator has endowed in us. Patrick Henry got it right some
231 years ago. Living without liberty is not living at all. The
passengers and crew of United 93 had the blessed opportunity to
understand the nature of the attack and to launch a counterattack
against the enemy. This was our first successful counterattack in our
homeland in this new global war--World War III. This film further reminds us of the nature of the enemy we face. An
enemy who will stop at nothing to achieve world domination and force a
life devoid of freedom upon all. Their methods are inhumane and their
targets are the innocent and unsuspecting. We call this conflict the
"War on Terror." This film is a wake-up call. And although we abhor
terrorism as a tactic, we are at war with a real enemy and it is
personal. There are those who would hope to escape the pain of war. Can't we
just live and let live and pretend every thing is OK? Let's discuss,
negotiate, reason together. The film accurately shows an enemy who
will stop at nothing in a quest for control. This enemy does not seek
our resources, our land or our materials, but rather to alter our very
way of life. I encourage my fellow Americans and free people everywhere to see
"United 93." Be reminded of our very real enemy. Be inspired by a true story of
heroic actions taken by ordinary people with victorious consequences.
Be thankful for each precious day of life with a loved one and make
the most of it. Resolve to take the right action in the situations of
life, whatever they may be. Resolve to give thanks and support to
those men, women, leaders and commanders who to this day (1,687 days
since Sept. 11, 2001) continue the counterattacks on our enemy and in
so doing keep us safe and our freedoms intact. May the taste of freedom for people of the Middle East hasten
victory. The enemy we face does not have the word "surrender" in their
dictionary. We must not have the word "retreat" in ours. We surely
want our troops home as soon as possible. That said, they cannot come
home in retreat. They must come home victoriously. Pray for them. Mr. Beamer is the father of Todd Beamer, a passenger on United
Airlines Flight 93.
Thought you might find this interesting.
USS New York is about 45 percent complete and should be ready for launch in mid-2007. Katrina disrupted construction when it pounded the Gulf Coast last summer, but the 684-foot vessel escaped serious damage, and workers were back at the yard near New Orleans two weeks after the storm.
It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
"It would be fitting if the first mission this ship would go on is to make sure that bin Laden is taken out, his terrorist organization is taken out," said Glenn Clement, a paint foreman. "He came in through the back door and knocked our towers down and (the New York) is coming right through the front door, and we want them to know that."
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, La., to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there."
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up."
"It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back."
The ship's motto? - 'Never Forget'
This came as an e-mail 0n 5-25-2006 from Mike Berger written By David Beamer, father of Todd Beamer
The filmmakers got it right.
BY DAVID BEAMER
Thursday, April 27, 2006 12:01 a.m.
The calendar says it's April 25, 2006. At noon, my wife, Peggy, and I are walking around Battery Park--near the Tribeca area--in New York. It is our first time. The flowers are blooming; kids are fishing; people boarding the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Kids are laughing and noisy. The sun is shining. The vendors are hawking T-shirts, pretzels and some "designer" wares. And just up the street there is a hole in the skyline and in the ground. In the park, there is a memorial with walls standing tall. Walls filled with so many names of those who gave their all in the Atlantic in World War II. How fitting that the names are here to honor those who gave their lives to enable this fun, this laughter--on this sunny day. The sights and sounds of freedom continue.
Fast forward--it is 10:30 p.m., April 25. We have just seen a movie premiere at the fifth annual Tribeca Film Festival. A film festival that has done so much to energize and revitalize the city, its people and especially the area that has that hole in the skyline and in the ground. This year the movie that had its worldwide premiere at the festival is titled "United 93." It is about the day when the hole in the skyline of New York was made--the day when a hole was made in the side of the Pentagon near Washington, D.C.--the day when a hole was made in a quiet mountain meadow in Pennsylvania. The day that our nation was attacked; the day when the war came home--Sept. 11, 2001. The day our son Todd boarded United 93.
Paul Greengrass and Universal set out to tell the story of United Flight 93 on that terrible day in our nation's history. They set about the task of telling this story with a genuine intent to get it right--the actions of those on board and honor their memory. Their extensive research included reaching out to all the families who had lost loved ones on United Flight 93 as the first casualties of this war. And Paul and his team got it right.
There are those who question the timing of this project and the painful memories it evokes. Clearly, the film portrays the reality of the attack on our homeland and its terrible consequences. Often we attend movies to escape reality and fantasize a bit. In this case and at this time, it is appropriate to get a dose of reality about this war and the real enemy we face. It is not too soon for this story to be told, seen and heard. But it is too soon for us to become complacent. It is too soon for us to think of this war in only national terms. We need to be mindful that this enemy, who made those holes in our landscape and caused the deaths of some 3,000 of our fellow free people, has a vision to personally kill or convert each and every one of us. This film reminds us that this war is personal. This enemy is on a fanatical mission to take away our lives and liberty--the liberty that has been secured for us by those whose names are on those walls in Battery Park and so many other walls and stones throughout this nation. This enemy seeks to take away the free will that our Creator has endowed in us. Patrick Henry got it right some 231 years ago. Living without liberty is not living at all. The passengers and crew of United 93 had the blessed opportunity to understand the nature of the attack and to launch a counterattack against the enemy. This was our first successful counterattack in our homeland in this new global war--World War III.
This film further reminds us of the nature of the enemy we face. An enemy who will stop at nothing to achieve world domination and force a life devoid of freedom upon all. Their methods are inhumane and their targets are the innocent and unsuspecting. We call this conflict the "War on Terror." This film is a wake-up call. And although we abhor terrorism as a tactic, we are at war with a real enemy and it is personal.
There are those who would hope to escape the pain of war. Can't we just live and let live and pretend every thing is OK? Let's discuss, negotiate, reason together. The film accurately shows an enemy who will stop at nothing in a quest for control. This enemy does not seek our resources, our land or our materials, but rather to alter our very way of life.
I encourage my fellow Americans and free people everywhere to see "United 93."
Be reminded of our very real enemy. Be inspired by a true story of heroic actions taken by ordinary people with victorious consequences. Be thankful for each precious day of life with a loved one and make the most of it. Resolve to take the right action in the situations of life, whatever they may be. Resolve to give thanks and support to those men, women, leaders and commanders who to this day (1,687 days since Sept. 11, 2001) continue the counterattacks on our enemy and in so doing keep us safe and our freedoms intact.
May the taste of freedom for people of the Middle East hasten victory. The enemy we face does not have the word "surrender" in their dictionary. We must not have the word "retreat" in ours. We surely want our troops home as soon as possible. That said, they cannot come home in retreat. They must come home victoriously. Pray for them.
Mr. Beamer is the father of Todd Beamer, a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93.
From the website of Orrin Hatch comes this song that should inspire every American. You can hear it played by clicking on this address. It will be necessary to download Realplayer 8 Free Basic by clicking on to Orrin Hatch's Website www.hatchmusic.com. Orrin Hatch, a United States Senator from Utah, has captured in this song the Spirit of America after 9-11. Once again, thanks Senator Hatch. americaunited(1).ra
When you have seen the hands of evil
We have shared a new sincere
We have felt the price of freedom
and to all that we hold dear,
now a mighty wave is growing
and we hear our country call
but the world now waits and wonders,
will we rise or will we fall,
as we burry fallen heros
many broken hearts must heal,
but in the ruin and the rubble
a spirit is revealed
America United, working side by side
America United , hope still burning bright
those who work to divide us, could not realize,
that from the smoke and from the ashes,
America will rise (second time repeat)
United, United (1st time), United (last time)
We have felt the force of terror
there is sorrow in the land
through the drifting dust of chaos
Lady Liberty still stands
and the miracle of freedom
give courage to us all
for the ones that try to hurt us
only strengthens our resolve,
We are holding hands together
for we dare our destiny
through the darkness and the danger
We will always be
What is a Vet?
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a
certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a
bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel:
the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.
Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear
no badge or emblem.
You can't tell a vet just by looking.
What is a vet?
He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two
gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.
He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown
frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours
of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing
every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come
back AT ALL.
He is the TRADOC drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved
countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into
soldiers, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.
He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a
He is the career logistician who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.
He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence
at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the
anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in
the ocean's sunless deep.
He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and
aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day
long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered
some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his
ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing
more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever
So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean
over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean
more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.
Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".
"It is the soldier,
not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier,
not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier,
not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protestor to burn the flag."
Father Denis Edward O'Brien
TO SEE ADDRESS BY FORMER SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
GO TO "OUR AMERICA PAGE"
Go to the Masonry Page on this site to see a "History of Freemasonry" from the International Prince Hall Masons.
Thoughts on Nine - Eleven, Two Thousand One
Eleven score and seven
years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived
in liberty and dedicated to proposition that all men are created equal.
September 11, 2001, a date that will live in infamy, the United States of
America was suddenly and deliberately attacked. That day, our fellow citizens,
our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate
and deadly terrorist acts.
Thoughts on Easter and Always
At this time of Easter and always, These are thoughts that we should never forget. Some of the most important tenets of our Masonic Institution is our belief in one God and with that is freedom to believe as we have been brought up to believe, and that is (Freedom of Religion) one of our country's Bill of Rights. The men of which this article is written, and some of them were of the Masonic Fraternity and signers of the "Declaration of Independence were dedicated to the Christian Religion. From William McGuffey of the McGuffey Reader comes this; The Christian Religion is the Religion of our Country. From it we derived our nation, on the Character of God. The following article was written by a Noble Shriner, Abel Quinones, from the National Sojourners and I Quote:
This is worth remembering, because it is
true. It's familiar territory, but those of you that graduated from school after
the early 60's were probably never taught this. Our courts have seen to that!
HEAL OUR LAND
A SONG PRAYER FOR OUR COUNTRY
Heal our land
Please grant us peace today
And strengthen all who lack the faith
To call on thee each day.
Heal our land,
and keep us safe and free,
Watch over all who understand
The need for liberty.
Chorus: Heal our land, heal our land,
and guide us with thy hand,
Keep us ever on the path of liberty.
Heal our land, Heal our land,
and help us understand
That we must put our trust in thee
If we would be free (end chorus)
Heal our land,
Please help us find our way,
For in thy word we find our strength
If we look up each day.
Heal our land,
and fill us with thy love,
Keep us upon the path of truth
That comes from heav'n above.
Protect us by the power of thy rod
And keep us as one nation under GOD
To hear this song played you must have RealPlayer 8 then click on:
The words to this song was written by Senator Orrin G. Hatch, United States Senator from Utah. This editor first heard this song sung by the choir on Dr. Robert Schuller Crystal Cathedral, Hour of Power. Orrin has a website for his music at www.hatchmusic.com. The music is by Janice Kapp Perry. This song was copyrighted and produced in 1997 by Prime Recordings.
This song was produced in RealPlayer 8. RealPayer 8 Free Basic can be downloaded from Orrin's Website, HatchMusic. com. The song "Heal our Land" can be downloaded from his site as well.
Thank You, Senator Hatch
AN INTERNATIONAL TRIBUTE
AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL AMERICANS
On September 14, 2001, A Military Historian from the United States Air Force Academy, Dr. Tony Kern, Lt. Col. (Ret.), wrote his thoughts concerning the events that took place on September 11th, 2001. You may read this letter in its entirety by clicking on this hyperlink - (Dr. Tony Kern letter).
Dr. Tony Kern, "Thank You, Sir"
Declaration of Independence
Monday, July 2, 2001
Each Fourth of July we're reminded of courageous men who risked everything 225 years ago. On a hot and muggy Philadelphia day, they put forth a document that would define a new, American nation-one not based on race, creed or religion, but on the principles of Liberty, Freedom, and of a government deriving its power from the "consent of the governed."
These extraordinary men started a fire that has lit the world, and on this Fourth of July, it is fitting that we remember their sacrifices, their courage, and the virtues that made them who they were.
Below is an excerpt from Matthew Spalding's "Independence Forever_._ The 225th Anniversary of the Fourth of July" <Read the Full Essay>
A NOTE ON THE SIGNERS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
"...we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
(Each year information about those who signed the Declaration of Independence is circulated, not all of which is accurate. The following note is based on research in several established sources, which are noted below.)
Fifty-six individuals from each of the original 13 colonies participated in the Second Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence. Pennsylvania sent nine delegates to the congress, followed by Virginia with seven and Massachusetts and New Jersey with five. Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and South Carolina each sent four delegates. Delaware, Georgia, New Hampshire, and North Carolina each sent three. Rhode Island, the smallest colony, sent only two delegates to Philadelphia.
Nine of the signers were immigrants, two were brothers, two were cousins, and one was an orphan. The average age of a signer was 45. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, who was 70 when he signed the Declaration. The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr., of South Carolina, who was 27.
Eighteen of the signers were merchants or businessmen, 14 were farmers, and four were doctors. Forty-two signers had served in their colonial legislatures. Twenty-two were lawyers--although William Hooper of North Carolina was "disbarred" when he spoke out against the Crown--and nine were judges. Stephen Hopkins had been Governor of Rhode Island.
Although two others had been clergy previously, John Witherspoon of New Jersey was the only active clergyman to attend--he wore his pontificals to the sessions. Almost all were Protestant Christians; Charles Carroll of Maryland was the only Roman Catholic signer.
Seven of the signers were educated at Harvard, four each at Yale and William & Mary, and three at Princeton. John Witherspoon was the president of Princeton and George Wythe was a professor at William & Mary, where his students included the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.
Seventeen of the signers served in the military during the American Revolution. Thomas Nelson was a colonel in the Second Virginia Regiment and then commanded Virginia military forces at the Battle of Yorktown. William Whipple served with the New Hampshire militia and was one of the commanding officers in the decisive Saratoga campaign. Oliver Wolcott led the Connecticut regiments sent for the defense of New York and commanded a brigade of militia that took part in the defeat of General Burgoyne. Caesar Rodney was a Major General in the Delaware militia and John Hancock was the same in the Massachusetts militia.
Five of the signers were captured by the British during the war. Captains Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, and Arthur Middleton (South Carolina) were all captured at the Battle of Charleston in 1780; Colonel George Walton was wounded and captured at the Battle of Savannah. Richard Stockton of New Jersey never recovered from his incarceration at the hands of British Loyalists and died in 1781.
Colonel Thomas McKean of Delaware wrote John Adams that he was "hunted like a fox by the enemy--compelled to remove my family five times in a few months, and at last fixed them in a little log house on the banks of the Susquehanna . . . and they were soon obliged to move again on account of the incursions of the Indians." Abraham Clark of Jersey had two of his sons captured by the British during the war. The son of John Witherspoon, a major in the New Jersey Brigade, was killed at the Battle of Germantown.
Eleven signers had their homes and property destroyed. Francis Lewis's New York home was destroyed and his wife was taken prisoner. John Hart's farm and mills were destroyed when the British invaded New Jersey and he died while fleeing capture. Carter Braxton and Thomas Nelson (both of Virginia) lent large sums of their personal fortunes to support the war effort, but were never repaid.
Fifteen of the signers participated in their states' constitutional conventions, and six-Roger Sherman, Robert Morris, Benjamin Franklin, George Clymer, James Wilson, and George Reed-signed the United States Constitution. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts attended the federal convention and, though he later supported the document, refused to sign the Constitution.
After the Revolution, 13 of the signers went on to become governors, and 18 served in their state legislatures. Sixteen became state and federal judges. Seven became members of the United States House of Representatives, and six became United States Senators. James Wilson and Samuel Chase became Justices of the United States Supreme Court.
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Elbridge Gerry each became Vice President, and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson became President. The sons of signers John Adams and Benjamin Harrison also became Presidents.
Five signers played major roles in the establishment of colleges and universities: Benjamin Franklin and the University of Pennsylvania; Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia; Benjamin Rush and Dickinson College; Lewis Morris and New York University; and George Walton and the University of Georgia.
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Charles Carroll were the longest surviving signers. Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration Independence. Charles Carroll of Maryland was the last signer to die-in 1832 at the age of 95.
Sources: Robert Lincoln, Lives of the Presidents of the United States, with Biographical Notices of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence (Brattleboro Typographical Company, 1839); John and Katherine Bakeless, Signers of the Declaration (Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1989); Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989
Editors Note: From Brother & Noble Paul Bessel from his Web Page comes this: Of the 56 Men who signed the Declaration of Independence, 9 were known to be Masons. They are: William Ellery, First Lodge of Boston, 1748 - Benjamin Franklin, Grand Master of Pennsylvania, 1730's - John Hancock, Merchants Lodge in Quebec. & Saint Andrews Lodge in Boston 1762, - Joseph Hewes or Howes, Unanimity Lodge #7, 1776, - William Hooper, Hanover Lodge in Masonborough, - Thomas McKean, visitor to Perseverance Lodge in Harrisburg, - Robert Paine, Attended Massachusetts Grand Lodge, - Richard Stockton, Charter Master of St. John's Lodge in Princeton, - William Whipple, St. John's Lodge, Portsmouth N. H.
The Strategic Air Command Museum
The Air & Space (SAC) Museum stands as a tribute to the men and women of SAC who safeguarded liberty around the globe for nearly 50 years. The story of SAC and its people is preserved for future generations within the walls of this extraordinary world-class facility
On May 20th, 2001, the Enola Gay Pilot, Paul Tibbets, and his navigator, Dutch Van Kirk, shared an historical insight into World War II.
Visit our new Historical Web Pages of the Lincoln Air Force Base and Air National Guard and other Historical Pages directly from Table of Contents, News Page, or Lodge of Education Page.
THE GREAT PLATTE RIVER ROAD ARCHWAY MONUMENT
Brethren and Guests: As this monument to our heritage is important to all Nebraskans and others who have traveled this road, this editor feels obliged to call your attention to this beautiful monument to our brave ancestors who risked everything to forge our nation westward. This monument located across Interstate 80 at Kearney, Nebraska, recreates our plains from the early 1800's to modern day. It depicts our great buffalo herds, how are pioneers lived, our native Americans, our early communications, our means of early travel to our present day Interstate Highway System. This is done very tastefully by models, three dimensional movies, and three dimensional sound. This moving experience takes about one hour to see but if you are like us, we missed some of the displays and plan to go back soon. This is an accomplishment of many and was a dream of Past Governor Frank Morrison. The Arch was put in place and the buildings were constructed by Peter Kiewit Construction Company of Omaha. This Platte River Road Archway Monument is still not complete but will be added to as time goes on. A Park is being planned and will be under construction soon.
Masonry is a progressive science and as we become more proficient our obligations increase. Therefore my brethren, It is my fervent hope that these pages will be informative. These pages will convey the thoughts of our past & present Masonic Brethren and others. Also, they will contain some of the history, the names of the officers, and a word from the masters as may come to light. Thank you, my brethren, for permitting me to address you in this manner and therefore to be of service to our country and our beloved and gentle craft.
Masonry is also very personal and is understood by every brother and sister according to each brother's and sister's religion and experiences they have encountered in their lives. It teaches us how to lead a more meaningful and upright life through its symbols, morality, and allegory.
Masonry organizations must be experienced before one can gain knowledge. Some may agree or disagree but as we interact with our brethren and others, we experience masonry and our knowledge is increased. Therefore, we experience further light.
ABOUT MASONRY NEBRASKA
This Website was organized on June 7th, 1999 and is privately owned and maintained. These Masonic Pages are the editor's member service organizations lodges and clubs that he serves. They should not necessarily be construed to be "official pages" of these organizations. These pages can be accessed by using the address: www.minerland.net/ or search words - MASONRY NEBRASKA. If there is anyone who would like to offer something for the good of Masonry, or any other Service or Masonic Organization who would like to post information concerning their organization, or if there is anyone who has information of interest for these Web Pages, and will give their consent to use the material, or any corrections or additions, contact the Webmaster whose address is shown at the bottom of these pages either by writing, telephone, or e-mail. Dates and times given in these pages for organizations functions are correct to the best of this editor's ability but are subject to change.
This Website does not have or does not condone any commercial content. This is strictly a website that is for the goals of our country. It should be for the use of all Service and Masonic Bodies that it represents in Nebraska and elsewhere. Therefore, it will not be found on any Webring and it would be helpful if the bodies that this website supports would support this website for the good of all.
As the Website is getting quite large, please use the Contents Table or go to the 'Masonry' page buttons to negotiate the site. Please check the Masonry Page for Historical Information that is available from the Nebraska State Historical Society in Lincoln, Nebraska on all the York Rite Bodies of Nebraska and other states.
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The editor wishes to thank our brother's entertainment company, Walt Disney Productions, for their fine Midi Music and others who have made possible the music we enjoy on this site.
Disclaimer: This Website is dedicated to Service, Masonic and Historical Content. While some of our pictures and articles come from other websites, some of the editorial material of these sites are not exactly within the scope of our website, and further reading is left to the discretion and responsibility of the reader.
The webmaster of Masonry Nebraska has been chosen by the Global Fraternal Network to be the Nebraska representative for this body. Any Mason interested in joining this Global Fraternal Body can contact Masonry Nebraska will post any Service or Masonic Body's Website address to the appropriate page of that body on this site with the approval of the editor.
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