The day started with the traditional Datestone Laying Ceremony, performed by the Grand Master and his officers.
Bro. James L. Ernette, R. W. Grand Master, presided over the traditional Masonic datestone ceremony.
Bro. James L. Ernette, R. W. Grand Master
Participating in the ceremony were Architect James E. Lewis, a partner in Reese, Lower, Patrick and Scott, Ltd., and Bro. Carl R. Flohr, Chairman of the Building and Grounds Sub-Committee of the Committee on Masonic Homes, and a Color Guard made up of elected DeMolay State Officers. Grand Organist Jack Goodman provided musical background. Musical selections were offered throughout the program by various representatives of groups which use the Masonic Conference Center.
The Junior and Senior Grand Wardens assisted the Deputy Grand Master in determining that the datestone was plumb, level, square, and ready to be ceremonially laid by the Grand Master.
Bro. Thomas W. Jackson Bro. Thomas W. Jackson read the list
of contents of the datestone box placed
in the wall of the new building.
The Grand Master spreads cement on the stone as a symbolic gesture of spreading brotherly love, which holds the Masonic Fraternity together.Bro. James L. Ernette, R. W. Grand Master
Bro. Danny Forrer (at the piano)
and Bro. Alex Fizz DeMolays from Reading Chapter,
Bro. Danny Forrer (at the piano)
and Bro. Alex Fizz, singing,
offered a rendition of the Lee
Greenwood classic, God Bless The U.S.A.
Children and staff of the Masonic Homes Children's Home offered Kum Bah Yah; Amazing Grace, Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light, You'll Never Walk Alone and Let There Be Peace On Earth were presented a cappella by Brothers Alex Fleming and Kevin Dougherty, of the Franklin Chapter of the Acacia Fraternity at the University of Pennsylvania.
And lastly, Bro. John H. Platt, Jr., Executive Director of the Masonic Library and Museum, accompanied by his wife Elaine, offered a powerful rendition of Bless This House.
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