|Volume LVI||MAY/JUNE 2009||Number 2|
Masonic Youth Witness History
Members and adult leaders of DeMolay, Rainbow and Job's Daughters and their friends, traveled as a group to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, to witness the historic Inauguration of President Barack H. Obama as he took the oath of office.
Two bus loads left the Patton Campus in Elizabethtown at 5 a.m. and arrived at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Va., where they were given a bagged lunch and instructions on how to use their souvenir Metro pass to get to the city for an attempt at seeing the ceremony or the parade. The crowds were as large as expected, and the security lines long, but many of the intrepid youth and their adult leaders were able to get a good view of the action. Some managed to get as close as two blocks from the Capitol! Others avoided the hustle and bustle and toured the monuments and Arlington National Cemetery.
Pennsylvania DeMolay State Master Councilor Jeff Bortz met with "Dad" George Seghers, Executive Director of the Memorial, and presented a check for $500 to sponsor a tree to be planted on the grounds of the Memorial. This was done to honor "Dad" Leslie J. Loomis, the current Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar, a Senior DeMolay, and a long time supporter of DeMolay in Pennsylvania.
The International Master Councilor of DeMolay, Bro. Richard Eels, was also in town, visiting from Georgia. He made a special trip to the memorial to meet the DeMolay members, who were tired after a long day of walking and "site"-seeing, but filled with stories and memories to pass down to future generations.
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