The world's largest Masonic emblem-- a gigantic square and compasses-- has been constructed on the front terrace of The George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia, and will be dedicated Saturday, June 26 as part of an historic observance commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the death of Brother and President George Washington.
George H. Chapin, M.W. Grand Master of Masons in Virginia, and the officers of the Grand Lodge of Virginia, will dedicate the huge square and compasses at 3 p.m., continuing the tradition of dedicating great buildings and memorials with Masonic Honors.
Following the dedication ceremony in the afternoon, the attendees will be entertained by recording artist and Bro. Dan Hall. In his repertoire, Bro. Hall will include a song written especially for the dedication ceremony. A picnic dinner will be served on the grounds of the Memorial from 4 to 7 p.m. The US Army Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. The festivities will culminate at dusk in front of the Memorial with a fireworks display.
Prior to erecting this symbol, there was nothing to identify The George Washington Memorial as a Masonic edifice. All Grand Lodges in the United States, and many foreign jurisdictions, are expected to be represented at the historic event. The public is welcome to join in commemorating the memory and celebrating the life and principles of Bro. George Washington, Founding Father, First President, and truly the Father of Our Country.
All Grand Lodge jurisdictions support The George Washington Masonic National Memorial. R. W. Past Grand Master W. Scott Stoner is Third Vice President of the Memorial Association.