In 1947, the Grand Lodge adopted the Grand Lodge of Minnesota adopted the following Standing Resolution (Section S1.06):
The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Minnesota designate Washington's Birthday, February twenty-second (22nd) of each year, as a special Masonic holiday and recommend the observance thereof by the Lodges within this Jurisdiction through appropriate open or closed communications.
While most scholarly surveys rank Washington either number one or number two (the other being Abraham Lincoln) as the most admired U.S. President, an ABC poll in 2000 ranked Washington number six, behind John Kennedy, Ronald Regan and No Opinion. One can only wonder who these people were!
Freedom. First I look on George Washington, considering his life as exemplifying Political Freedom. In his first Inaugural address
Heard in light of the sacrifices that this man made in defense of his country, these words are certainly poignant. Recall that from the time he assumed command of the revolutionary forces in June of 1775 until he resigned his commission and returned to
Having had only two years to enjoy Mt Vernon, Washington died December 14, 1799.
Many men, and many Masons have sacrificed to establish and preserve the freedoms we all enjoy. Washington, the man and the Mason, is second to none in his dedication and commitment to our country.
Integrity. It is said that by his own personal character and integrity,
Other examples of personal integrity are numerous, including the fictitious cherry tree incident. One further real example example may be sufficient.
The story is told in Christopher Hodapp’s new book, Solomon’s Builders. Congress had no funds, and no way to compel the States to contribute money so that the officers who had served with
On March 15, 1783, the officers met in a church in
Many men began to weep as they listened to the general whom they followed, and respected, and loved read the letter. After finishing the letter,
“Happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens.”
It is most appropriate that Masons honor this Country’s founding father, and American Freemasonry’s most eminent member. The Masonic virtues of Freedom, Integrity and Tolerance are seen in their majesty when viewed in the life and character of this most famous Freemason.