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Emessay Notes November 2008


In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

Bro. Sgt. Shawn Allen Eades – 1975-2008

   Bro. Sgt. Shawn Allen Eades was born 26 March 1975 in Hamilton, Ontario, and grew up in Ontario and Manitoba. He was very interested in the family’s history in the Canadian Forces, and knew from a young age that he wanted a career in the military.

Bro. Eades was raised in Balmoral Lodge No. 185 in Edmonton, 16 January 2005 and appointed Junior Deacon of the lodge in 2007. He was a valued member of the lodge, always eager and very willing to get involved in Lodge activities. Prior to his final deployment to Afghanistan he volunteered to learn the First Degree Charge on short notice. With only two week’s preparation time, his presentation of the Charge was flawless.

On the morning of 20 August 2008 he, along with two other combat engineers, was killed after an improvised explosive device detonated close to his armoured vehicle on a dangerous stretch of highway about 40 kilometres west of Kandahar.

   On Thursday 28 August a military funeral service was held at Beechwood National Memorial Centre in Ottawa with internment on the National Military Cemetery grounds, as Bro. Eades had requested.

(Source: The Alberta Freemason, Nov. 2008)

   MSA would like to add its salute to the memory of this fine young man, who, like so many of his comrades, chose the harder path of military service in time of war. He was a credit to our fraternity!

Frank W. Buckles

A very moving and impressive ceremony was held in the House of the Temple, Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction in Washington, DC on September 24, 2008. On that occasion Ronald A. Seale, SGC, invested Frank W. Buckles 32º, a West Virginia Mason, with the honor of Knight Commander of the Court of Honour (KCCH). Bro. Buckles, who is the last remaining Veteran of WW I, told of being “shipped out” to France, traveling aboard the Carpathia. This was the ship that rescued the survivors of the Titantic after it struck the iceburg. Secretary James B. Peake, M.D. Department of Veterans Affairs was also in attendance.

Masonic Buildings in the News

Springfield Masonic Temple Recommended as Historic Site

         The Masonic Temple at 125 W. High Street in downtown Springfield is one of 16 Ohio locations recommended by the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board to be forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places for consideration. Here is the explanation given by the Historical Site Advisory Board:

            “Springfield’s Masonic Temple has been recommended for nomination to the National Register for its association with the Masons, the city’s oldest fraternal organization, and their role in charitable activities throughout the community. Designed by Columbus architects Howard Dwight Smith and Miller & Reeves, it was completed in 1927 during the height of Masonic activity in Springfield. The five-story building is a good example of an urban Masonic Temple of the era, housing lodge meeting rooms, a ballroom, club rooms, and dining rooms.”

(Source: The Beacon, Sept/Oct 2008)

The Phoenix Rises Again

         Ancient Greek mythology speaks of a wondrous bird, the Phoenix, that periodically burns to ashes, but miraculously is reborn from its own ashes and rises to new life. We are seeing that in St. Johnsbury, right now.

         Freemasonry was the Old Phoenix. Freemasonry was one of the first and most powerful of fraternal lodges in Europe, later moving to the United States and prospering immensely. At its height, the Masons numbered in the millions in this country, alone. They were powerful, and as a sign of their power, they built temples to their order that were huge, costly, and truly magnificent.

         St. Johnsbury, Vermont is the site of such a temple. It is on Eastern Avenue, and it is an unforgettable building. But, just as most movements rise to their peak, then decline and, sadly, become a shadow of their former glory, so has Freemasonry. The age of fraternal organizations is only an echo of its former self. At least in St. Johnsbury, it is now the ashes of the Phoenix.

         But, it is a Phoenix, and a new one has risen from the old one’s ashes. The beautiful building that appeared condemned to desuetude has, instead, risen from the ashes, a new Phoenix that will live for another age. The remaining Masons, with splendid generosity, gave their building to Catamount Arts, retaining their own meeting rooms on the uppermost floor. Catamount Arts has raised the money to completely restore and renovate that temple to its new use, a community visual and performing arts center. And Catamount has done a marvelous job.

         We and the community thank all of those who have contributed to the restoration of this magnificent building.

(Source: The Caledonian Record, St. Johnsbury, VT, 10-16/08)


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