Volume LIIIMay 2006Number 2

News Across the Commonwealth
Flags Flown in Iraq Honor Masons

At the January Stated Meeting of Frankford Lodge No. 292, Lieutenant Colonel and Bro. Christopher R. Zelez, U.S.M.C., presented an American Flag to his Lodge, accompanied by an official certificate which proclaims: "This flag was flown by Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775 over the Al Anbar Province, Iraq, on September 11, 2005, during Operation Iraqi Freedom in honor of the Brethren of Frankford Lodge No. 292, F. & A. M. of Pennsylvania."

Bro. Zelez, (center) a Huey HMLA-775 Pilot, made the presentation to Bro. Steven R. Ley, Sr., Worshipful Master (right), and Bro. Charles T. Graham, D.D.G.M. (left)

In the Fall of 2005, the 193rd Special Operations Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, based at Harrisburg International Airport, was deployed to the Middle East in support of the upcoming Iraqi elections. At a stated meeting of Robert Burns Lodge No. 464 of Harrisburg, Bro. Glenn Kurzenknabe asked members to write notes of encouragement to the nine Brethren who were among the deployed, which he sent to the Brethren in Iraq. Upon his return, Bro. and Sgt. Vaughn Schwalm, a member of Lowther Manor Lodge No. 781 of Camp Hill, presented Bro. Steven Ogden, Worshipful Master of Robert Burns Lodge, with an American flag which Bro. Schwalm, a flight engineer, had carried on a combat mission over Iraq, along with a certificate of appreciation. The EC-130 aircraft flown by the 193rd are flying TV and radio stations. During their missions, they broadcast news and messages urging the Iraqi people to vote. Bro. Schwalm said that their efforts led to a 1,000 percent increase in voter turnout!

Left to right: Bro. Steven Ogden, W.M., Bro. and Sgt. Vaughn Schwalm and Bro. Glenn Kurzenknabe

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