Volume LVIMAY/JUNE 2009Number 2

PA Masonic Flag Presented to 56th Stryker Brigade

Brothers David B. Smith (left) and Thomas R. Ford, S.W., (right) present a Pennsylvania Masonic flag to Bro.
and Sgt. Scott V. Farabaugh (center), B Company, 1/112, 56th Stryker Brigade of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

At a fellowship picnic in August 2008 hosted by Hiram Lodge No. 616, Altoona, Bro. Scott V. Farabaugh asked Bro. Thomas R. Ford about obtaining a Masonic flag to take to Iraq upon his deployment with the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade for placement in the company's "ready room." With the help of R.W. Grand Secretary Mark A. Haines, Bro. Ford obtained the flag, which was presented to Bro. Farabaugh by David B. Smith, District Deputy Grand Master for District 20, on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in Altoona on Dec. 30, 2008.

The 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team is scheduled to return in late summer 2009, at which time Bro. Farabaugh will present the flag to the Grand Lodge to be displayed in the Masonic Museum.

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