|Volume LVI||February 2009||Number 1|
Scottish Rite Class Honors Grand Master
R.W. Grand Master Stephen Gardner was the honored guest at the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the Valley of Harrisburg during the Fall Reunion held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg, Nov. 20-21, 2008.
During the two-day reunion, the members of the "Stephen Gardner Class" received 13 Scottish Rite Masonic Degrees, including the Friend and Brother Eternal, 26º, during which the Civil War story of the strength of Masonic ideals was magnificently portrayed. Historical figures, representing both the Union and Confederate Armies, faced the challenges that the Civil War presented for Masonic brethren who found themselves on opposing sides of a major war.
At the conclusion of the degree, Frank J. DeStefano, Jr., Commander-in-Chief of the Valley of Harrisburg, presented Grand Master Gardner with a specially engraved Civil War Officer's Sword in commemoration of the class that was named in his honor.
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