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Emessay Notes August 2007

Joint Scottish Rite Session

The Northern and Southern Jurisdictions - Scottish Rite, have planned an historic joint session to be held in Washington, DC, Aug. 25-29, 2007.

This joint session will include conferrals of the 33° on Mon., August 27 by the Northern Jurisdiction Supreme Council and on Tues., August 28 by the Southern Jurisdiction Supreme Council.

A great deal of hard work and planning has been done to ensure this historic meeting of the Supreme Councils will be both enjoyable and memorable.

New Masonic Book

THE HERMETIC CODE

By: Frank Albo

Hidden in plain view. The phrase captures perfectly the wonders of the Manitoba Legislative Building. It sits conspicuously in the center of Winnipeg, the undisputed architectural gem of the city and the province. Yet few people know much about its secrets, symbols, or significance.

Scholars have studied and written about the building since its construction. But their work has not pierced the public consciousness in the same way that Frank Albo has. Frank brings the Legislative Building alive as he explains why there is a sphinx on the roof, why two giant bison guard the Grand Staircase, and who the Golden Boy really represents. The young scholar’s enthusiasm is contagious.

Frank Albo is a Canadian Freemason. And his book The Hermetic Code opens up the Manitoba Legislative Building’s connections to Freemasonry.

(Source: Book Review – Winnipeg Free Press (ISBN 978-0-9682575-3-1)

Did You Know? What is – Point Within a Circle

Symbol concealing geometrical truths. Some believe it symbolic of method of making a square by use of compasses; ritualistically, a symbol of a Mason and his character.

Audie Leon Murphy

Audie L. Murphy, son of poor Texas sharecroppers, rose to national fame as the most decorated U.S. combat soldier of World War II. Among his 33 awards and decorations was the Medal of Honor, the highest military award for bravery that can be given to any individual in the U.S.A., for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty”. He also received every decoration for valor that his country had to offer as well as 5 decorations from France and Belgium.

Born June 20, 1924 near Kingston, TX, he was the 7th of 12 children of poor sharecroppers. Growing up he picked cotton and became very skilled with a rifle to hunt small game to help feed the family. His father left the family in 1940 and his mother died in 1941 so at the age of 17 he was left to care for his younger siblings. When the US declared War in 1941, Audie rushed to enlist. He first attempted to join the Marines but was turned away for being too small – he was 5’5” tall and weighed only 110 pounds. He attempted to join the Army paratroopers and was again turned away. 

Finally he enlisted in the Regular Army as an infantryman. Following basic recruit training at Camp Wolters, TX he went through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Meade, MD and was shipped overseas to a unit operating in North Africa. He saw little action there but in July, 1943 he landed in Sicily and received his baptism of fire. His captain tried to shield him from the fighting but Audie slipped off to join any patrol he could and soon distinguished himself under fire as a resourceful and effective soldier. He excelled in the invasion of Salerno but then caught malaria, twice; he kept returning for more action. He refused a battlefield commission to stay with his unit. The details of his wartime battle exploits are legendary and documented in his autobiography To Hell and Back which was developed into a movie in which he starred as himself. 

Following the war he was released from the Army and reassigned to inactive status; he eventually did become a 2nd Lieutenant. Actor James Cagney invited Murphy to Hollywood in Sept. 1945 and after two lean years, he started receiving acting parts. He made a total of 44 feature films in the 25 years he was in Hollywood. He suffered from what is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), became addicted to a prescription drug and locked himself in a motel room to overcome the addiction. He became a strong advocate to help combat and control this disorder in returning veterans. While on a business trip on May 28, 1971, he was killed at the age of 46 when a private plane he was traveling in crashed into the side of a mountain near Roanoke, VA. 

Audie Murphy became interested in Freemasonry in 1955 and received his First Degree on February 14, 1955 in North Hollywood (CA) Lodge No. 542. He was passed on April 4, 1955 and raised on June 27, 1955. Later he became a dual member with Heritage Lodge No. 764, also in North Hollywood. He received his Scottish Rite Degrees on Nov. 11-14, 1957 and became a Shriner on Nov. 15, 1957. He was decorated a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor (KCCH) Dec. 11, 1965. He often participated in Shrine parades in both Texas and on the West Coast.

(Source: The Philatelic Freemason – July-August 2007)

 

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