The Freemasons Pavilion at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Aspinwall near Pittsburgh will be dedicated on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, by James L. Ernette, R.W. Grand Master, and the Grand Lodge officers.
There will be a short parade and the dedication ceremonies at the site at 2:15 p.m.
The parade will include an entourage of invited local, state, and federal Veterans Administration officials accompanying the Grand Master and Grand Lodge personnel, preceded by a Marine Corps color guard, marching band, and the Pennsylvania State Police Mounted Unit.
The Freemasons Pavilion was built and donated by the Pennsylvania Freemasons as a way for a grateful nation to say "thank you" to those who served their country and their countrymen so well. It will provide a place for residents of the VA Hospital and their families to visit, an outdoor place for entertainment, and a focal point for special activities.
The Pavilion was constructed on approximately two acres of hospital grounds. A new entrance provides access from the hospital to the courtyard setting with lighted walkways leading to private, furnished meeting areas and a 3,000 square-foot, covered pavilion with an additional 1,400 square-foot patio. The Pavilion contains a full kitchen and facilities wired to the hospital nurses' stations to ensure the comfort and safety of the patients and their families.
Also, for the serenity and enjoyment of all, a beautifully landscaped, fiber optic-lighted, granite fountain pool with seating areas has been installed. A granite monument 13 feet wide and ten feet high with three bronze "Tribute to American Veterans" plaques salutes all those who served our country.
William M. Kratzenberg, D.D.G.M., 54th Masonic District, Chairman of the VA Pavilion Committee, said that the Masons of Pennsylvania can be proud of the Pavilion they have provided for those who gave so much for our country. He said that the contributions already received from lodges and brethren that helped make it possible are very much appreciated. He noted that contributions continue to be welcome even though the facility is in place. Bro. Kratzenberg noted that the contributions are to a program of the Fraternity and, therefore, are not eligible for participation in the Matching Charity Grants Program.
EVERYONE IS INVITED TO PARADE AND DEDICATION
No reservations or tickets are necessary for the parade and dedication ceremonies at the VA Hospital.
To drive to the Veterans Hospital, travel on Rt. 28 (north or south) and take Exit 7. Follow the signs for about one mile to the site.