Volume LVIFebruary 2009Number 1

A Tribute to America and Masonic Unity

Left-right: Michael J. Ryan, Bro. Robert L. Bogart and Bro. Thomas K. Sturgeon

On Nov. 17, 2008, at a Stated Meeting of Oakdale Lodge No. 669, a Veterans Day Program titled "A Tribute to America" was presented by Bro. Charles Karcher, P.M., E. Liverpool Lodge No. 681, E. Liverpool, Ohio, and the E. Liverpool Area Veterans and Masons.

The program originated as a one-time presentation after the attacks on 9/11/2001 to give recognition to those who lost their lives, those who attempted rescues, those who survived and those who continue to protect our rights and freedoms by helping to make this a better and safer world. It has now been presented 18 times in nine different cities and has received great support and recognition.

During the program, Bro. Thomas K. Sturgeon, R.W. Deputy Grand Master, participated in the presentation of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to Machinist's Mate First Class Michael J. Ryan by Bro. Robert L. Bogart, W.M., Wellsville Lodge No. 180, Wellsville, Ohio.

Bro. James L. Rohbeck, Sr., District Deputy Grand Master for the 47th District, was pleased to make an informal visitation to the lodge and spoke on the origin, purpose and travels of the Unity Gavel and Box, which he brought with him and used in the closing of the lodge.

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